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Report: LAPD Will Not Release Surveillance Video of Hate Crime at LeBron James’ Home

WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland is reporting that Los Angeles Police are not releasing surveillance video at this time in the hate crime investigation regarding Cavaliers forward LeBron James.

According to the LAPD Public Information Director in a conversation with Cleveland 19 News, the video could be released if there was a suspect they were looking for, but right now there is not.

We’ve asked if that means there is already a person of interest or suspect in custody or if the video didn’t record the suspect. We’ll let you know what we find out.

Wednesday, LeBron’s home in the 200 block of S. Rockingham was vandalized around 6:44 a.m. West Los Angeles police officers received the vandalism call to his home when the caller stated that a racial slur was spray painted on LeBron’s private gate. LAPD officers arrived and the slur was painted over.

The station claims that the incident remains under investigation. James spoke out about the incident on Wednesday, and seemed somewhat shaken up talking about the hate crime at his residence.

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

“You know, hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day. And even though that it’s concealed most of the time, you know people hide their faces and will say things about you and when they see you they smile in your face, it’s alive every single day.”

James and the Cavs will take to the court in game one tonight against the Warriors in the NBA Finals at 9pm.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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