LeBron Jamesrecently spoke out about an earlier incident, where racists spray painted his Los Angeles home with the with the n-word.
During a press conference, James addressed the graffiti attack, telling reporters:
“It goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. Hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living everyday,” the basketball star said.
“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,” James told reporters. “And we’ve got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal.”
We previously reported, racists spray painted the n-word on the front gate of LeBron James’s Los Angeles home Wednesday in the upscale community of Brentwood, a day before he was set to play in his seventh straight N.B.A. finals, reports TMZ.
James’s Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Golden State Warriors for the third consecutive finals season, notes The New York Times:
Over the last several seasons, James, the N.B.A.’s most recognizable superstar, has been unafraid to voice his political opinions, decrying police killings of African-American men and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. His willingness to speak his mind has set him apart from stars of previous eras, including Michael Jordan, with whom he is often compared.
In 2015, Variety reported that James had purchased a $21 million home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The basketball superstar has demonstrated his interest in a second career as a Hollywood player; the production company he co-founded, SpringHill Entertainment, signed a deal with Warner Brothers Entertainment in 2015 and James played himself in the movie “Trainwreck” that year.