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Robert Kovacik of NBC Los Angeles shared the footage Wednesday, noting the video came from a surveillance camera from Baby Blues BBQ. The vandal can be seen throwing paint all over where James’ face was painted.
Robert Kovacik @RobertNBCLA
#BREAKING: This is the video of vandal defacing @KingJames mural at stroke of midnight this am in #Venice. Video from @BabyBluesBBQ surveillance cam. @Lakers @NBCLA. https://t.co/gNPeUrF8fW
This comes after Basketball Within Borders noted on Instagram a fan offered money for someone to vandalize the mural. Last Word Hoops shared images of the mural and the ensuing vandalism, with James’ 3-6 record in the NBA Finals and the words “We don’t want you” included in the damage:
LWOS LA Lakers @LWOSLALakers
The drama continued, as Twitter user Godzo Ball revealed a photo on Wednesday with the mural painted over, although that was apparently the work of the artist Jonas Never himself:
Update on the Lebron Mural in LA..
What is wrong with people? https://t.co/Wivcc14zAl
Good news guys, the artist who painted the Lebron Mural in LA was actually the one who painted over it (@never1959)
Now please stop saying Lakers fans don't deserve Lebron. Most Lakers fans are glad he is a Laker https://t.co/45ZxNK2mgG
The surveillance video’s release is just the latest development in this offseason drama after James elected to sign with the Lakers after reaching the last eight NBA Finals as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.
Eventually, attention will turn back to basketball, and the four-time MVP will be tasked with leading the Lakers to the postseason for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. If he somehow leads the Purple and Gold past the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference, he will deserve more than just one mural in his new team’s home city.