The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a possible hate crime after graffiti was found on LeBron James’ home, according to TMZ.
Detectives were at the residence early Wednesday morning after it was learned that the N-word was spray-painted on the front gate of the Cleveland Cavaliers star’s’ home.
Investigators told the entertainment website that they are scouring surveillance footage from neighboring homes with hopes of identifying the suspect.
James’ main residence is in Cleveland and he purchased the Brentwood home in 2015.
James has been extremely vocal about race relations in the United States.
In a September 2014 interview with Rachel Nichols, James spoke about the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer.
James referred to the incident as “personal” because he is the father of two sons and if they “left home to go anywhere, you expect your kids to return.
“We know racism is still alive and the only thing I can do as a role model, I feel like I’m a leader in society, is to my kids and teach the people that follow me what the right way is,” he said, per Cleveland.com.
Three months later, James — along with teammate Kyrie Irving and other players — wore ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts during warm-ups against the Brooklyn Nets, in solidarity with Eric Garner’s family.
Garner was placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer and repeatedly uttered “I Can’t Breathe” before he was pronounced dead at a Staten Island hospital.
“This is more of a motion to the family more than anything,” James said, per the New York Daily News. “As a society, we have to do better. We have to be better for one another, no matter what race you are. But it’s more of a shoutout to the family more than anything. They’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.”
James is currently in California, set to take on the Golden State Warriors for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, scheduled for tomorrow.