NBA star LeBron James' property in L.A. vandalised with racial slur


FILE PHOTO -- May 25, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) warms-up before the start of game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Basketball superstar LeBron James' Los Angeles home was vandalised with a racial slur, police said on Wednesday, one day before the Cleveland Cavaliers player was set to take the court in the first game of the NBA finals,

The graffiti was spray-painted on the front gate of James' house and investigators are looking for any possible suspect involved in the vandalism, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman.

Eisenman declined to say what racial slur was used in the graffiti. It was discovered shortly after dawn on Wednesday and has since been painted over, she said.

James, 32, was not at the west Los Angeles residence at the time of the vandalism, Eisenman said by phone. James, the three-time NBA champion, is an African American.

He is the National Basketball Association's most prolific playoff scorer and has been named the league's Most Valuable Player four times. The Cavaliers are scheduled to face off on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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