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LeBron James is very familiar with being painted as the villain. The NBA superstar took to Twitter to slam the burning of player jerseys and defend the honor of Isaiah Thomas. 

Previously, King James caught much slander (some deserved) after The Decision, when he jumped ship from Cleveland for Miami.

Recently, Isaiah Thomas was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and almost on cue, a story started making the rounds about how the pint-sized scoring dynamo wasn’t liked by teammates. Also, suspect Celtics fans burned his jersey.

Smear job, anyone?

Yesterday (Aug. 24), James took to Twitter to comment, and he’s pretty much Team Let The Player’s Cook.

He tweeted, “The burning of the jersey thing is getting ridiculous now! The man was traded. What do u not understand? & played in a game after …..sister tragic death. Gordon Hayward paid he’s [sic] dues as well and decided to do what’s best for him and family. Put in the work, got better….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”….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…..what u feel is best for your profession, love, family, happiness and continue to #StriveForGreatness🚀 #Salute.”

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