Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has had to deal with a far more disturbing confrontation than anything the Golden State Warriors will serve up in game one of their National Basketball Association playoffs on Friday morning (AEST).
"I look at my son being four years removed from driving his own vehicle and being able to leave the house on his own", James said.
"No matter how much money you have, how famous you are, how much people admire you, being black in America is tough".
The 32-year-old basketball star addressed the incident during a press conference on Wednesday (May 31). James is likely with the rest of his team getting ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which starts on Thursday.
James bought the house just over two years ago for just under $21 million, according to public records.
Game 1 of the series against the Golden State Warriors takes place in Oakland, California.
Los Angeles police officer Aareon Jefferson said police were called to the house in the upscale Brentwood neighbourhood around 6.45am, and by the time they arrived the graffiti had been painted over by property management staff.
The property manager told officers that it is believed the incident was captured on surveillance video, Sandoval said. "At the end of the day they're safe, and that's the most important".
Police are still investigating the graffiti incident and are examining security camera footage in an attempt to identify the perpetrator.
"It just goes to show that racism will always be part of the world, part of America, and that hate, especially for African-Americans, is living every day". I will be as focused as I can be on the job at hand tomorrow, but this is a situation where it puts me back in place of what's actually more important.