After seeing his LeBron James mural vandalized for the second time in five days, Jonas Never opted to put an end to what had become an apparent hot-button topic among some fans.
Never told ESPN he covered the mural with white paint Wednesday not long after a vandal had splattered yellow paint on his work, which featured James in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey on a wall at the Baby Blues BBQ restaurant in Venice.
"I thought I had learned a long time ago to never touch religion or politics," said Never, the Los Angeles-based muralist who has also designed murals of the late Anthony Bourdain and Stuart Scott among many others.
"I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe," Never cracked.
Not long after James committed to the Lakers in free agency on July 1, Never decided to work on a James mural. After 12 hours of work spanning more than two days, going through a bucket of paint and using over 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.