The issue, as Never sees it, stems from the murals original caption, which declared James the 'King of L.A'.
"I thought I had learned a long time ago to never touch religion or politics", said Never. "I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe".
After continued vandalism to his new LeBron James mural on an outside wall of Baby Blues BBQ in Venice, California, artist Jonas Never covered it up with white paint himself, restaurant owner Robb Aguirre confirmed to Yahoo Sports Wednesday.
However, there was also a vocal minority (read: Kobe fans) who were upset by the sentiment.
Additionally, while the Cavs talk about winning, a couple players on this list may imporve their trade value by virtue of getting more opportunities with James gone.
"I got a ton of support", Never said, according to ESPN.
Obviously, whoever would go out of their way to destroy a piece of art is part of a lowest-common-denominator group that does not accurately represent Lakers fans or Kobe fans.
"I don't know if it's LeBron haters or Kobe fans or just someone who wants attention", Never said while painting over the mural. After 12 hours of work spanning more than two days, going through a bucket of paint and using more than 75 spray cans with graffiti specialist Fernando Valdez, Never's James mural was up last Friday featuring the message "The King of LA" on it. "Some guy did it and posted video of him doing it and responded to the guy and said 'Pay me".