I have no clue who Twitter user Kyle Gordon is. All I know is that he burned Isaiah Thomas' jersey and that everyone is treating it like he shot the Pope.
Here's what I think, and I'm pretty sure of it: The kid was joking, and a lot of people are taking it way, way too seriously.
Maybe a lot of people who have weighed in on the jersey burning didn't actually see his post. In case you didn't: This wasn't a "Thanks for NOTHING" caption, or a "Traitor!!!" caption, as this young man probably understood like the rest of us that Thomas was traded.
Here's what it was: a response to an Adrian Wojnarowski tweet with a meme-friendly caption that could (and probably) should be viewed as tongue-in-cheek.
The Score in Canada wrote a post about this, complete with a "Come on, guys." Players including Jaylen Brown, who called it "pathetic," have also admonished it. On Thursday, it was LeBron James' turn:
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
sister tragic death. Gordon Hayward paid he's dues as well and decided to do what's best for him and family. Put in the work, got better....— 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
With all the junk that you can find on Twitter -- and you can find a whole lot of it -- we make one kid's wiseass a tweet a national story. The tweet read like a joke, mocking the tradition of burning jerseys when a player leaves his team in the dust. We all know that's not what Thomas did, and this kid probably knew it as well. So why are we talking about it?