NBA star’s house vandalized, labeled as hate crime

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Racial slurs were discovered to have been spray-painted early Wednesday morning on the front gate of a Los Angeles home owned by NBA star LeBron James.

Police were called to the house at 6:44 a.m. local time, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. “Oh, it’s a hate crime. It’s a person who has a problem with him, obviously, ” he said. “It’s an active case right now and detectives are there, going over the scene, looking for any video.”

Security footage from James’ neighbors could help investigators identify the culprits, although there are no suspects at the moment, and police have not seen any other similar incidents take place in the Brentwood neighborhood recently.

James was not at the house he purchased in 2015 at the time of the incident.

“He wasn’t there. He has a game to play tomorrow night in the Bay Area,” according to a police source, who noted, “I think he’s concerned about that championship win right now, not his property.”

James and his team, the Cavaliers, will go up against the Warriors at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday at 9 p.m. This marks the player’s seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

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