Los Angeles muralist Jonas Never removed his LeBron James mural from the Venice Baby Blues BBQ after it was vandalized twice in less than one week. Never’s mural was a tribute to the Lakers’ newest star, but clearly some LA fans are not okay with the idea of James wearing purple and gold.
Here’s the timeline of events:
July 7: Never unveils the LeBron James mural. That same day, a Laker fan profile called Lakers Fanbase/Ben Osaze offered a $300 reward to destroy the mural, while providing the Baby Blues BBQ Venice address.
July 8: Mural defaced with the the words “No King,” “We don’t want you,” “LeFraud,” and “3-6.”
July 9: Never repairs the mural and removes the word “of” from “the King of LA.”
July 10: In the early morning hours, a vandal throws paint over the mural.
July 11: Never removes the mural completely.
Never is the same artist behind the Anthony Bourdain mural at Gramercy Bar in Santa Monica, and gave the following response:
“I was always told to never paint anything involving religion or politics. Apparently they should have told me to stay away from religion, politics, and anyone against Kobe Bryant.”