After his house in Los Angeles got targeted for a vandalism slur, LeBron James addressed the still pressing issue of racism that black americans experience in his press conference before the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.
“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 said. “And we’ve got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal.”
LeBron James responds to the vandalism incident at his home pic.twitter.com/goMoicIIit
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The NBA star also said that hate in America for black americans is living everyday and the incident reminded him if of the mother of Emmett Till, who insisted that her son, who was lynched in 1955 and had an open coffin at his funeral to expose the brutality of the killing to the people.
According to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Aareon Jefferson, the appearance of the slur was reported at 6:44 AM on Wednesday. He said that it had been painted over by the property’s managers when officers arrived at the home in West Los Angeles a short while later.
James has regularly used his fame to speak out on social issues, most recently when Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was the subject of racial abuse from Boston Red Sox fans during a game at Fenway Park.
James will lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
“The most unfortunate part is that I’m here right now,” James stated. “I can’t be home to see my boys. I won’t be home until next week, it is kind of killing me right now.
“I will be focused tomorrow on my game plan and these games but also know this, I am at a point where my priorities are in place and basketball comes second to my family. Basketball is not the most important thing in my life.”