LeBron James goes on epic tweetstorm in defense of Isaiah Thomas

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LeBron James took to Twitter to defend Isaiah Thomas on Thursday. The tweets came after images showed fans burning Thomas’ Boston Celtics jersey when news came out that the point guard would be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers late Tuesday. James also defended Gordon Hayward, who is moving from the Utah Jazz to the Celtics, after fans also burned his jersey too.

He attacked the idea of loyalty in the modern era of pro sports.

In the tweets, James writes that Hayward paid his dues and that players have to focus on doing what’s right for their careers and their families without being called a “traitor.” James personally experienced backlash from fans after leaving the Miami heat back in 2014, and after leaving Cleveland in 2010.

For his part, Thomas played for the Celtics immediately after the death of his sister, only to be unceremoniously dealt to Cleveland months later.

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

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