Situated in Venice, California, the controversial portrait, created by muralist Jonas Never and graffiti artist Fernando Valdez, commemorating James’ move to the Lakers has now been completely wiped and replaced with patches of white paint. The mural was originally vandalized with insults like, “We don’t want you,” “No King,” and “LeFraud,” as well as a with a reference to his NBA Finals record of 3-6 after the social media account @BenOsaze offered $300 USD to anyone who was willing to deface it.
The mural was soon back in action after Never painted over the vandalism and tried to modify his message by removing the “of” from “the King of LA.” However earlier this week, someone once again defaced it by splattering yellow paint all over it. After multiple cases of vandalizm, Never decided to cover up the mural. Take a look at the tweets below.
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— LWOS LA Lakers (@LWOSLALakers) July 8, 2018
….and it’s gone. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/d1SR9rYwOx
— /r/NBA (@NBA_Reddit) July 11, 2018
Lebron James’ mural in Venice has been vandalized for a second time – so the artist painted white over the whole thing. Story at 5:15pm @nbcla #lakers #graffiti #art #streetart pic.twitter.com/zDnX1aAxle
— Angie Crouch (@AngieNBCLA) July 11, 2018
— NBA Lowdown (@NBALowdown) July 11, 2018