- Title: NBA star LeBron James' property in L.A. vandalized with racial slur
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF LEBRON JAMES' LOS ANGELES HOME AFTER VANDALISM WAS PAINTED OVER NEIGHBORS SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEBRON JAMES' NEIGHBOR MARY K. WULF, SAYING: "I'm appalled, I'm sickened. I'm disgusted. It's a horrific action and I hope that they find the people who have done it and they label it for what it is -- a hate crime -- and punish them." MORE OF NEIGHBORS AND LOCAL RESIDENTS SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT JODY KONSTAND, SAYING: "This is his home. This is his home in California and this is a man who is not only an exceptional athlete but is an extraordinary role model, he's a wonderful father, he's a wonderful husband, and this is his home. This is where his family chooses to live a portion of the time and for somebody to come here and to demean it in the way that they have done is unconscionable." VARIOUS OF MEDIA OUTSIDE LEBRON JAMES' HOME
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 21:14
- Keywords: Lebron James LA home race racial slur
- Location: LOS ANGELES AND OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA AND BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS /
- City: LOS ANGELES AND OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA AND BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS /
- Country: USA
- Topics: Basketball,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0026J67NEN
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- Story Text:Basketball superstar LeBron James' Los Angeles home was vandalized with a racial slur, police said on Wednesday (May 31), one day before the Cleveland Cavaliers player was set to take the court in the first game of the NBA finals.
The graffiti was spray-painted on the front gate of James' house and investigators are looking for any possible suspect involved in the vandalism, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman.
Eisenman declined to say what racial slur was used in the graffiti. It was discovered shortly after dawn on Wednesday and has since been painted over, she said.
James, 32, was not at the west Los Angeles residence at the time of the vandalism, Eisenman said by phone. James, the three-time NBA champion, is an African American.
He is the National Basketball Association's most prolific playoff scorer and has been named the league's Most Valuable Player four times. The Cavaliers are scheduled to face off on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California.
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