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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NBA superstar LeBron James took aim at racism in America after police said a racial slur was painted on a gate of the home he owns in Los Angeles.

The incident came on the eve of Game One of the NBA Finals, which pits James’s reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors.

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America — it’s tough,” James told reporters in Oakland, California, where Game One will take place.

“It just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America.”

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Aareon Jefferson said the offensive graffiti was painted on an outer gate of the $20 million home James purchased in 2015 in the city’s upscale Brentwood neighborhood.

Police were notified around 6:45 am, and the graffiti was quickly covered by property management staff, Aareon said.

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A television cameraman shoots video across from the front gate of a home belonging to Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in Los Angeles. Police are investigating after someone spray painted a racial slur on the front gate of James’ home in Los Angeles on the eve of the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Hours later, an emotional James addressed the matter.

“Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” added James, who said that when he was told of the incident, he thought of the mother of Emmett Till, a black American who was lynched in 1995 at the age of 14.

Till’s mother insisted her son’s casket be left open at his funeral so the brutality of his death could be seen.

James said he hoped Wednesday’s incident “can keep the conversation going and can shed light on us trying to figure out a way to keep progressing and not regressing.” (Agence France-Presse)

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