Sport Artist paints over twice-vandalized LeBron James mural in Los Angeles

16:15  12 july  2018
16:15  12 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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When LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers, artists Jonas Never and Menso One welcomed LeBron with a “King of L . A .” mural in Venice. Since the mural went up, though, it had been targeted and vandalized by angry Lakers fans on multiple occasions.

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Artist Jonas Never is done promoting the King.

The Los Angeles-based artist debuted his mural of LeBron James on July 6 following his signing with the Lakers, but has been met with criticism and even vandalism since its unveiling.

"I thought I had learned a long time ago to never touch religion or politics," Never said, via ESPN. "I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe."

The mural, which required over 75 spray cans and 12 hours to complete, was finished last Friday with the help of graffiti specialist Fernando Valdez but was vandalized twice in four days.

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Some fans aren’t too happy with LeBron coming to LA , and they vandalized his mural ! The original mural that read,“King of LA ” with LeBron in full beard.

The first time, the vandal displayed James' 3-6 record in the NBA Finals and the words "we don't want you" below where James' face was painted.

A video of the mural being vandalized the second time was released early Thursday morning, showing the vandal throwing paint where James' face was painted.

Never, who also designed murals of the late Anthony Bourdain and Stuart Scott among others, opted to cover the mural with white paint on Wednesday in attempt to put an end to the hate.

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There are some fans who already are unhappy that LeBron James is set to become a Laker. Days after he agreed to a four-year deal with Los Angeles , artist Jonas Never showcased his artistic ability when he painted a mural of King However, some unhappy fans vandalized the mural early Sunday.

"I got a ton of support," Never said. "At first when we had the original piece, there was a ton of positivity, but also a ton of like pro-Kobe, anti-LeBron sentiment. [Some] people didn't like it in general, not necessarily the work, but the sentiment that went with it. People had a big problem with the word 'of.' I get where they are coming from.

"This was just for my own fun just being happy that the Lakers were actually going to be talked about again. And I didn't realize that a mural would be [almost] as talked about as much as the Lakers would be."

James signed a four-year deal worth $154 million with Los Angeles at the start of free agency, a move that has been met with mixed reviews and followed by another mega-signing courtesy of the Warriors as Golden State added DeMarcus Cousins to its roster.

Second LeBron James mural has been vandalized .
The new image was created just days after an artist painted over his twice-vandalized mural featuring only James.An artist painted a new image of LeBron James looking up at some Lakers legends — including Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. But, it was only completed for two days before someone vandalized it with white paint.

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