Never removed the comments from the mural, even taking out the word "of".
"I thought I had learned a long time ago to never touch religion or politics", Never said.
"I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe", Never cracked.
The mural saga illustrates just how weird the situation could get for James in Los Angeles, where Bryant retains huge popularity two years after his retirement.
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However, there was also a vocal minority (read: Kobe fans) who were upset by the sentiment. According to Variety, James and screenwriter Steve Mallory (The Boss), along with James' production banner SpringHill Entertainment, have sold a comedy pitch to Paramount Players, with James potentially starring. But when fans are going on social media and courting vandals with cash rewards, it's clear things have gone too far.
One person even offered fans $300 to alter the mural.
Never originally painted the mural last Thursday and Friday, and it was vandalized for the first time around 1 a.m. Sunday, when the restaurant's security camera caught vandals graffitiing the phrases "We don't want you", "LeFraud", "No King", and "3-6" (a jab at James' career NBA Finals record) over Never's work.
"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. We'll have to see if grumpy Kobe fans can get over seeing LeBron in purple and gold long enough to keep that up.