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LeBron James focused on family, not NBA Finals, after racist attack

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The LAPD is investigating the incident as a hate crime after a racial slur was written on the front gate of James’ Los Angeles home.
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OAKLAND, Calif. – LeBron James sat down on Wednesday afternoon and took a deep, sorry sigh, the kind that no type of basketball disappointment that may or may not play out over the next fortnight could possibly elicit.

The NBA Finals are upon us now, yet hours before its opening tip James woke up to a reminder, as if he needed one, that being wealthy and talented in the United States doesn’t isolate you from the reality of being black.

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough,” James said Wednesday during a news conference. “We have got a long way to go as a society and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America.”

On Wednesday morning, James’ house in Los Angeles was vandalized and targeted for racist abuse. That’s right, in 2017 someone out there sought out…

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