A Los Angeles home owned by Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was vandalized with racist graffiti and police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, TMZ Sports reported.
The front gate of the home was spray painted with the N-word, according to TMZ. The graffiti has since been covered up.
Multiple LAPD units responded to the house early Wednesday. Police are looking for security footage from neighbors that might aid the investigation.
James purchased the home in 2015 but does not reside there on a regular basis. He was not present at the home when the incident occurred.
On Thursday night, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will play Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. The series marks the first time in NBA history in which the same two teams have met three consecutive times in the Finals. Golden State won the first series in 2014-2015 while the Cavs became the first team ever to comeback from a 3-1 deficit to win the 2015-2016 championship.
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. James, 32, was drafted by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. He spent the first seven years of his career with the Cavs before playing for the Miami Heat from 2010-2014 and then returning to Cleveland in the 2014 offseason.
James has won three NBA championships and been named the Most Valuable Player four times in addition to 13 NBA All-Star appearances.