The video of a mural showing LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers was vandalized and video footage of the incident was published.
Robert Kovacik of NBC Los Angeles shared the footage Wednesday, the video came from a Baby Blues BBQ surveillance camera. The vandal can be seen throwing paint wherever James's face was painted.
Robert Kovacik @ RobertNBCLA
#BREAKING: This is the video of Vandal Blemish @KingJames mural at hitting midnight this is in #Venice. Video from @BabyBluesBBQ surveillance cam. @Lakers @ NBCLA. https://t.co/gNPeUrF8fW
This comes after Basketball Within Borders noticed on Instagram a fan who provided money for someone to destroy the mural. Last Word Hoops shared pictures of the mural and the following vandalism, with James's 3-6 record in the NBA Finals and the words "We Do not Want You" included in the damage:
The drama continued as Twitter user Godzo Ball unveiled a photo on Wednesday with the overpainted mural, though that appears to be the work of artist Jonas Never was himself:
GodZo? @ GodzoBall
Update to the Lebron mural in LA ..
What's wrong with people? https://t.co/Wivcc14zAl
Good News People, the artist who painted the Lebron mural in LA was actually the one who painted it over (@ never1959)
Now stop saying that Lakers fans do not deserve Lebron. Most Lakers fans are happy that he is a Laker https://t.co/45ZxNK2mgG
The release of the surveillance video is just the latest development in this offseason drama after James after reaching the final eight NBA finals with the Lakers had signed a member of Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.
Eventually, attention will turn to basketball again, and the four-time MVP will be tasked with hiring the Lakers for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. If he somehow passes the Golden State Warriors of Purple and Gold in the Western Conference, he'll make more than a mural in his new team's hometown.