Cops: Racial slur sprayed on LeBron James' Los Angeles home

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National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James took aim at racism in America on Wednesday after police said a racial slur was painted on a gate of the home he owns in Los Angeles.

Almost a year since he sat at the same podium inside Oracle Arena and addressed Muhammad Ali's impact as an activist following the heavyweight champion's death, James discussed the daily challenges of being black in the U.S.

With his family safe and secure, James will take to the court on Thursday night for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, looking to secure his fourth NBA championship.

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According to the report from TMZ, "someone spray painted the n-word on the front gate". Jefferson, the LAPD officer, told CNN that they can not now say if the home was burgled. LAPD officer Aareon Jefferson relayed that the department received a call around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning regarding the racial slur and by the time law enforcement arrived to the scene it was already covered up by property managers.

The home was bought by James in 2015.

James' home vandalized with racist graffiti.

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Police are investigating the graffiti as an act of vandalism and have not determined whether to treat it as a hate crime, another Los Angeles police spokeswoman, Irma Mota, said by phone. James was in Los Angeles most of last summer working with his production company.

"As I sit here on the eve of one of the greatest events we have in sports, race and what's going on comes again", LeBron began. "On my behalf, family's behalf, I look at this as if this sheds a light and keeps the conversation going". "At the end of the day they're safe, and that's the most important". I think back to Emmett Till's mom and the reason she had an open casket, she wanted to show the world what her son went through in terms of a hate crime in America.

"I can't be home to see my boys right now", James said.

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He vowed he wouldn't let it throw him off as the Cavaliers try to defend their crown in the best-of-seven final - but it was a reminder of where basketball fits in the broader scheme of life.