LeBron James' LA home vandalized with racial slur

Police looking into case as possible hate crime

The front gate to LeBron James' Los Angeles home was spray painted with a racial slur on the eve of the NBA Finals, according to The Associated Press.

Capt. Patricia Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, told the AP that James wasn't at the Brentwood neighborhood home when it was vandalized Wednesday morning.

However, she said the property manager believes surveillance video captured the incident.

Sandoval told the AP that someone painted over the slur before officers arrived to investigate.

The police department is investigating the incident as an act of vandalism and a possible hate crime.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers open play in the NBA Finals with Game 1 on the road against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

The Cavs and Warriors are meeting in the NBA Finals for the third straight year, with Cleveland winning last year and Golden State winning in 2015.

This year also marks the seventh straight NBA Finals appearance for James, who won back-to-back NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.

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