Muralist Jonas Never and graffiti artist Fernando Valdez spent 12 hours over two days creating a mural of LeBron James on the wall of a Venice, Calif., barbecue restaurant after the National Basketball Association megastar signed with the Lakers in free agency. LeBron wants to be like DiCaprio and has put himself in a situation that makes it easier for him to do so.
"I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe", Never cracked.
The mural initially received criticism for depicting the phrase "The King of LA" around James' image, which many perceived as a slight toward Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and it was vandalised as a result. "[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".
Muralist Jonas Never created the mural of James in the wake of the 14-time All-Star agreeing to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers on July 1.
One current Laker, Josh Hart, expressed disappointment that the mural had to go.More news: Trump Releases Letter from Kim Jong
On Wednesday, an L.A. news anchor shared a surveillance video of the mural being vandalized once again by one of James' fellow Angelenos.
With that being the case, he thought it best just to whitewash the entire wall.
"I know when to cut my losses", said Never, who did a Bryant mural near Staples Center during Bryant's final season as a Laker in 2016. '[Kyle] Kuzma, LeBron, Lance Stephenson blowing on LeBron'.