LeBron James - who knows a thing or two about having his jersey burned by angry fans - took to Twitter on Thursday to call out Celtics fans who burned Isaiah Thomas’ jersey after Thomas was traded to the Cavaliers. James called it “ridiculous” and cited Thomas playing in a playoff game the day after his sister unexpectedly died as part as of the reason why.
Here’s James’ set of tweets:
The burning of the jersey thing is getting ridiculous now! The man was traded. What do u not understand? & played in a game after .....— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 24, 2017
Became an All-Star, etc!! If these guys weren't good, u guys would be the first to say "get them up out of here". Man beat it! When "we"....— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 24, 2017
decide to do what best for us it's "cowardly" "traitor", etc but when it's on the other side it's "business" huh!?!? Ooh ok. Man do.....— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 24, 2017
What James is pointing out here is fan hypocrisy. Fans are more than happy to jeer a player when they want him gone, but when a player leaves - even one didn’t even close to leave like Thomas - it’s suddenly the player’s fault and insane that any player leaves a team ever.