LeBron James Mural Vandalism Video Released

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2018

The Lakers' proximity to Hollywood was widely seen as a major selling point to James during free agency, giving him the ability to simultaneously be a player in both the National Basketball Association and the film industry.

That James signed with Los Angeles ultimately did not come as much of a surprise, but the multi-year deal was not something that could've been foreseen.

Never received plenty of positive feedback, but he said his art was also met by criticism from some fans, especially on social media, over what he meant to be a play off of the "King James" nickname. James has also been busy behind the scenes, selling the spec Hustle to Legendary Entertainment, which has made him a member of the Producers Guild.

On Wednesday, an L.A. news anchor shared a surveillance video of the mural being vandalized once again by one of James' fellow Angelenos. "I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe [Bryant]".

But even if the caption was left with a reference to James's nickname, 'King James, ' the graffiti returned this week, prompting Never to paint over the entire mural entirely.

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Located outside of a Baby Blues BBQ in Venice, Calif., the mural took roughly 12 hours of work spanning two days, a bucket of paint and more than 75 spray cans, ESPN reported.

"I got a ton of support", Never said. 'At first when we had the original piece, there was a ton of positivity, but also a ton of like pro-Kobe, anti-LeBron sentiment.

With that being the case, he thought it best just to whitewash the entire wall. "In 2018, it was just about doing what he wants to do".

"I can't see anyone getting mad about the whole team", Never said of his next Lakers mural.

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