Shortly after the Cavaliers finalized a trade with the Celtics and sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for a package (including Isaiah Thomas), LeBron James took to Twitter to pay his respects to Irving and say goodbye. And he did it by retweeting a post that a Cleveland fan sent out. The tweet looked like it was going to feature the fan setting Irving’s Cavaliers jersey on fire, but it ended with a surprise twist:

In the aftermath of the Irving/Thomas deal, though, some fans took a different approach and burned their jerseys of Irving and Thomas:

The fact that some Celtics fans burned Thomas’ jersey was, well, confusing. Irving had reportedly requested a trade out of Cleveland, so we could understand why some Cavaliers fans might be upset. But Thomas literally did nothing to deserve having his jersey burned by Boston fans. He was likely just as surprised by the trade as they were, so it seemed silly to see fans torching his jersey as if he forced his way out of Boston.

But the whole jersey-burning thing is nothing new, and unfortunately, it’s turned into a recurring trend in sports. A player decides to leave a team in free agency, and within hours, there are dozens of fans burning that player’s jersey all over social media. Just look at how many Jazz fans took a lighter to Gordon Hayward’s jersey earlier this summer when he left Utah to join the Celtics:

At this point, we’ve had enough of this stupid tradition, and apparently, so has LeBron. He jumped on Twitter Thursday afternoon to rip into "fans" who burn players’ jerseys; he also defended his new teammate Thomas in the process. Here's what he had to say about the odd phenomenon:

Same. Same. Same. Same. Same. We co-sign all five of those tweets and respectfully ask you—yes, you—to put the match down and hang your jersey back in the closet.