A year ago NBA star LeBron James reported to the media that he suffered “racist graffiti” spray painted on his Los Angeles mansion. But to date, the L.A. Police still have no information about the case.
In May of last year, James told the media that his $21 million Brentwood home was attacked with racist graffiti. At the time Captain Patricia Sandoval of the L.A. Police Department reported that James was not home during the incident, but they were investigating.
An unknown person allegedly defaced the player’s front gate with the N-word and police said they are investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime.
The left-leaning sports media immediately decried the incident as proof of racism in America. The investigation has been going on for months, but no new information has come to light for six months. Since nothing has been said of the crime recently, Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage decided to contact the L.A.P.D. for a follow up. And, Travis noted that the department’s reply was “pretty eye-opening.”
The L.A.P.D. sent Travis a statement saying:
Good afternoon and thank you for your inquiry. We have heard no further with regards to that incident since it happened back in May of this year. I know detectives were investigating, but no further was provided to us. Usually, with something high profile or newsworthy, we are provided follow up information to give out to the media when it’s available. Check back with us.
Travis went on to insist that with no further information emerging from this investigation, it may be time to start wondering if any crime really happened in the first place.
After all, the story so far is somewhat suspect, Travis hinted. We know that police were called to the mansion, but the gates had already been repainted before they got there. We know that neither James nor any member of his family was at home at the time. We also know that the police were given a photo of the supposed graffiti, but police have no other proof that it occurred or any hint of who might have done it. Finally, the surveillance cameras at the home were not working so there is no video of the supposed attack.
Travis asked a series of probing questions about the report, but in the end, it all sounds rather fantastic to him.
“Six months after the sports media turned an alleged racial slur painted onto a gate outside LeBron’s gate into the top story in America,” Travis wrote, “there is still zero public evidence it actually happened, and the Los Angeles police have provided no public statement about their investigation.
“That should seem strange to anyone who follows stories like these,” he said. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
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