It doesn’t matter the sport—nowadays, when an athlete leaves his team via free agency or forces a trade out of town, that team’s supporters gleefully take to social media to light aflame roughly $200—in the form of an official team jersey with that player’s name on it.
Not long after he requested a trade from the franchise that drafted him in 2011, Irving was shipped to the Boston Celtics for fellow All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.
To mark the occasion, Twitter user Tony Hartman posted a video that starts out like so many others—an expensive on the ground, presumably just aching to get doused in lighter fluid by some tantrum-having adult baby. But instead of catching fire, the jersey is adorned with a message for the four-time All-Star.
Ok Cavs fans you know what to do.. pic.twitter.com/pZMI6SX8Hb
— tony hartman (@tony_hartman) August 22, 2017
LeBron James applauded the gesture.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2017
Sadly, Thomas, who never wanted anything but to continue playing for the Celtics, wasn’t so lucky—despite his being traded against his will, at least three people took to the internet to burn his jersey (two of those videos have since been taken down, presumably because it’s such a dumb move).
Not my Point Guard pic.twitter.com/TVTI1Qu0aD
— Kyle Gordon (@kylegordon28) August 23, 2017
In six seasons with the Cavs, Irving averaged 21.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. Along with LeBron’s legendary chasedown block, Irving’s fadeaway three in the closing moments of Game 7 of the team’s 2016 NBA championship victory was the defining play of the series.