The Los Angeles Police Department told NBC News it responded to a call that someone had painted a racial slur on a gate leading to Lebron James’ home in Brentwood, Los Angeles last Wednesday.
A source close to the incident confirmed that the “n-word” had been spray-painted on the gate.
According to authorities, the slur was painted over when the officers arrived. It remains unclear when it was initially spray-painted on the property, a 9,440-square-foot estate that was purchased in 2015 for ore than $20 million.
According to TMZ. The Cleveland Cavaliers player was not home at the time of the incident.
“We have a long way to go,” the 32-year-old NBA star said during a news conference ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, “My family is safe. At the end of the day, they’re safe and that’s the most important.”
“But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America,” he added. “And hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers forward added that he’s “OK” with what happened to him — as long as it continues a dialogue about how African-Americans are treated in society.
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough, and we got a long way to go,” James said.
James is a four-time MVP, who has won three championships and is currently on his seventh trip in a row to the NBA Finals.