That moment when you're unfortunately reminded that no matter how big of a star you are, you're still black and subject to the same racism we all are.
That very moment came this morning when LeBron James' West Los Angeles home was vandalized with a racial slur at 6:44 a.m., USA Today reports.
James wasn't present when the vandalism took place. The slur was painted on the gate of his Brentwood neighborhood estate. The exact slur hasn't yet been confirmed by police, but we can imagine what it was. And to help with that, NBC News reports that the slur was the "n-word."
The LAPD is currently investigating the incident as a hate crime, and we can expect a detailed police report later today. LAPD officer Norma Eisenman hasn't yet confirmed if there is any security footage that could help police to identify suspects.
Per public property records, James' 9,440-square-foot estate was purchased in 2015 for more than $20 million. During the NBA season, James' primary residence is in Akron, Ohio. He is currently gearing up for his third consecutive NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, battling against the Golden State Warriors. This year's finals will mark his seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
James has a history of speaking out against racism, including against a similar racial slur incident that occurred against Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones while playing opposite the Boston Red Sox.
Of the incident, James said in a previous press conference via USA Today, "Racism, we know, exists. 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 gonna be. But at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and they have to go out and live it themselves. For me, I just try to be respectful, for one, respectful to others, and I feel like if you do that consistently, then I believe the karma will come back to you."
This is beyond ridiculous and we hope the offender is caught and justifiably reprimanded.