LeBron James is fired up over the idea of fans burning a player's jersey, and he let it be known in a Twitter rant on Thursday.
There have been images on social media of Celtics fans burning Thomas' jersey in response to the trade. And there were videos of Utah Jazz fans doing the same to Gordon Hayward jerseys in July after the free agent announced he'd be signing with the Celtics.
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
Thomas had emerged as the face of the Celtics since arriving at the trade deadline in February 2015.
On Tuesday, James retweeted one Cavs fan's response to the trade. In that video, the fan shows an Irving jersey lying on the ground and then places a sign on top of the jersey saying "Thank U so much."
In the aftermath of James' departure from Cleveland after "The Decision" in 2010, images of fans burning his jersey circulated on social media, and the same happened -- to a much lesser extent -- when he left Miami to return to Cleveland four years later.
James wasn't the only one to weigh in on the subject.
Former NBA star Ray Allen, who played for four different teams during his 18 years in the league, posted on Instagram, in a follow-up to a Caron Butler post:
Allen signed with the rival Heat in 2012 after five seasons with the Celtics, taking the backup role that seemed to bother him so much in Boston.
ESPN's Adam Reisinger contributed to this report.