Bean: Just shut up about the kid burning the Isaiah Thomas jersey

Bean: Just shut up about the kid burning the Isaiah Thomas jersey

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: 

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?  

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'


Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.


“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.


“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”