LeBron James 'Space Jam' Mural Vandalized in NBA Star's Hometown: 'LA FLOP'

A mural of LeBron James in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, has been vandalized.

The mural was painted by Kent State University student Chardae Slater in West Market Street to celebrate James' new film, Space Jam: A New Legacy.

But earlier this week, the mural—which shows James alongside several Looney Tunes characters—was defaced, with a red nose spray painted on James' face. The words "LA FLOP" were also written across the mural in a possible reference to James' current team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Slater took to Instagram on Monday to call out the culprit.

"I saw what happened to my mural and whoever did it should think about this.. why would you even take time out of your day to go f**k up what someone else did for the community? Did that make you feel good?" Slater wrote alongside a video showing the vandalism. "I took my time on this.. but you know what? I left my mark."

Slater, 24, said she didn't know what motivated the vandal to deface her work.

"[Whether] it was one of my haters or Lebrons haters, I don't wish harm on nobody," she added. "I'm still going to keep going and do great things. I hope you know that this is not going to stop me! It's all love."

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the damage to the mural is an indication of the love-hate relationship Ohioans have with James. While many adore him, others hold a grudge over him twice leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for other NBA teams.

Slater told the newspaper that she decided to paint the mural to honor James' work helping at-risk schoolchildren in his hometown. The mural isn't far from the I Promise School that is supported by the LeBron James Family Foundation.

In a post on Instagram earlier in July, Slater celebrated finishing the mural after weeks of painstaking work.

"Crazy how this is my first mural ever and the first mural of Lebron done in Akron," she wrote in a caption to the July 7 post. "I am so grateful for the opportunity. Words can't express how thankful and blessed I am.. I'm just glad to be able to dedicate this mural to Akron. The city deserves some art and so do you @kingjames I hope you love it!! Thank you for inspiring me."

Akron Police have been made aware of the vandalism, the Beacon Journal reported.

Slater told the newspaper she's hopeful a nearby business may have surveillance footage that could help locate the person behind the vandalism.

In the meantime, she will work on repairing the mural but because the vandal used spray paint, it can't be removed and will have to be painted over. "It's fixable," she said. "It's just oh my God. I'm trying to keep positive."

Slater and Akron Police have been contacted for comment. A representative for James could not immediately be reached for comment.

LeBron James at Space Jam premiere
LeBron James arrives at the Warner Bros Pictures world premiere of "Space Jam: A New Legacy" at the Regal LA Live in Los Angeles, July 12, 2021. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images