The vandalism of LeBron James' house took place on early Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. This evening, at his pregame press conference, he confronted the incident in front of the cameras. It just goes to show racism will always be part of the world, part of America.
Not for the first time, the future Hall of Famer spoke with grace about issues well beyond the basketball floor.
"My personal feelings is that I got a 12-year-old son, a 9-year-old son, a 2-year-old daughter, and I look at my son being four years removed from being able to drive his own auto, being able to leave the house on his own", he said during a Cavs press conference.
On the day before the start of his eighth NBA Finals, LeBron James once again found himself in the role of civic activist. The Cavaliers will play the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the finals in Oakland on Thursday. "I mean, it's as long as my family is safe".
Mary Kay Wulf, who lives a couple houses away from James, told a group of reporters that she was appalled by the vandalism. "My family is safe, they're safe and that's the most important".
"The most unfortunate part is that I can't be with my kids right now", James said.
While James has become a willing megaphone for social causes in the second decade of his career, he had difficulty processing the potential effect on his family. It is hidden most days. This is a situation where it puts me back in place as far as what's actually more important.
AP Writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles and AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report. "It's a real, real longer conversation, but if we can keep the conversation going, I think it helps". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
"Racism, we know, exists".