As LeBron James prepares for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an incident of vandalism at his L.A. home, according to a report from TMZ.
On Wednesday morning, the n-word was found spray painted onto the front gate of a house that James bought in 2015, TMZ reported. Multiple LAPD units and a neighborhood patrol vehicle were called to the scene.
The graffiti has since been covered up, and the police are collecting security footage from neighbors to investigate the incident as a potential hate crime.
The three-time NBA champion, who passed Michael Jordan as the all-time leading NBA playoffs scorer this month, has frequently spoken out against racism during his career.
“Racism, we know, exists,” James told reporters earlier this month when asked about Adam Jones, a black Major League Baseball player, being taunted with racial slurs while playing against the Boston Red Sox. “You try not to put yourself in a position, for me as a father, I try to give my kids the blueprint on how life is going to be. But at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much and then they have to go out and live it themselves.”
James starred in a Nike commercial with other high-profile athletes earlier this year that promoted equality.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 12, 2017
“We must all stand together — no matter where we are from or the color of our skin,” James said when he announced his support for Clinton. “And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.”
Since President Trump took office, James has spoken out against his most racist policies — most notably Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, which has so far been shut down by the courts.
“I am not in favor of this policy or any policy that divides and excludes people,” James said, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter. “I stand with the many, many Americans who believe this does not represent what the United States is all about. And we should continue to speak out about it.”
James, who is currently with his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates in the Bay Area preparing for the finals against the Golden State Warriors, does not live in the residence full time and was not reportedly not home at the time of the vandalism.