The LeBron mural battle is over, and no one wins

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

As he told ESPN, Never rolled white paint over the mural on Wednesday after someone splattered yellow paint on the wall outside of the Baby Blues BBQ restaurant in L.A.'s Venice neighborhood.

LeBron James recently joined the Lakers, and fans are already trying to run him out of town, kind of. "The first vandalism was made easier to swallow because, by all accounts from the Twitter debate [over it] that we saw, it looked like a guy offered up a $300 bounty to anyone who destroyed the mural". The artwork (located in Venice, California) even has the title "The King of L.A." inscribed - a lofty title given that the decorated National Basketball Association veteran and future Hall of Famer has never played a single minute for the Purple and Gold yet.

While the vandals were never caught or identified, NBC Los Angeles news anchor Robert Kovacik earlier tweeted out CCTV footage of one of the vandals at work, as he splashes a can of paint in the artwork. But someone didn't take kindly to its "the King of LA" message, and the painting was vandalized less than two days after it was completed.

After a disgruntled fan scribbled phrases such as "LeFraud", "We don't want you", "No King" and "3-6", in reference to LeBron's record in the NBA Finals, over the mural, Never returned to touch things up and omitted the word "of" in hopes that fans would leave the piece alone. Never worked with graffiti specialist Fernando Valdez.


"I got a ton of support", Never said, according to ESPN.

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.

'I can't see anyone getting mad about the whole team, ' Never said. '[Kyle] Kuzma, LeBron, Lance Stephenson blowing on LeBron'.

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