Earlier this morning, TMZ reported that LeBron James‘ Los Angeles-area home had been vandalized. According to LAPD and neighborhood watch, the perpetrator spray-painted a racial slur on the outermost gate of the residence.

During today’s NBA Finals media availability, James, a known civil rights advocate, shared a somber message with regards to the situation.

“No matter how famous you are, how much money you have, being black in America is tough,” James said. “My family is safe and that’s what is most important. We have a long way to go (as a society) until we feel equal.

“But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of Amercia. And, you know, hate in America, especially for African Amercans, is living every day.”

The culprit in this crime is still “on the lamb,” but police are asking neighbors to submit their security video footage for possible leads.

The King will just have to push this unwarranted hatred to the side for now, as he and the Cavs are dead-set on defending the Larry O’Brien trophy.