LeBron James' California home vandalized, spray-painted with racial slur

BRENTWOOD, LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James' Brentwood home was targeted by vandals who spray-painted a racial slur on the front gate of the property, Los Angeles police said.

The vandalism was reported at around 6:45 a.m. Los Angeles Police Department officials said the Cleveland Cavaliers star was not at the residence at the time of the incident.

By the time officers arrived at the home, the racial slur was covered up by property management, police said.

The incident is technically being investigated as a hate crime, though it has yet to be officially classified as such.

The LAPD's West L.A. Division is investigating the incident.

James is likely with the rest of his team getting ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which starts on Thursday.

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