LeBron James speaks out after LA home vandalized with racial slur: 'Racism will always be a part of the world'

NBA star LeBron James' home in Los Angeles has been targeted this week by vandals, who spray painted the n-word on the mansion's front gate.

Authorities are investigating the incident as a hate crime, according to TMZ.

James spoke out about the graffiti during a press conference on Wednesday, saying he is thankful his family is safe.

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"My family is safe. At the end of the day, they're safe and that's the most important," James said. "But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, apart of America."

The three-time NBA champion told reporters that if a hate crime against his home is what it takes to continue the conversation around race in America -- then he's "okay with it."

"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, and we got a long way to go," said James.

The Cleveland Cavalier bought the home in 2015, but has not spent significant time on the West Coast.

The graffiti has been covered up since it was first reported on Wednesday morning, but authorities reportedly hope security footage may help identify the culprits behind the alleged hate crime.

James and his family were not home at the time of the incident. He is currently gearing up for Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

James and the Cavs take on the Golden State Warriors, marking his seventh trip to the NBA Finals in a row.

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