Cavaliers fan sets himself on fire trying to burn LeBron James jersey.
When LeBron James left Cleveland in 2010 to link up with Wade and Bosh in Miami, it was an ugly scene in Cleveland. Riots broke out, jerseys were burned, and LeBron left hated among those he promised a championship.
Four years later, he returned to Cleveland with the praise of all of those who hated him years prior. Two years later, he fulfilled on his promise to bring home a championship, making NBA history by coming back from a historic 3-1 Finals deficit.
Just days ago, LeBron decided again to leave Cleveland. This time, he’s leaving as a hero, and the act of betrayal is viewed as a unique business decision. Nonetheless, some fans are still heartbroken.
According to multiple sources, one being the New York Post, an unnamed fan lit himself on fire trying to burn a LeBron James jersey. After hearing that the 14x NBA All-Star was leaving Cleveland a second time for Los Angeles, this happened.
This man clearly poured gasoline all over his hand after dumping it out of a weed whacker. He then proceeds, while holding the jersey, to set it on fire, along with his own arm. The beer box in the fire pit might explain the drunken actions of those involved, but someone needs to take his lighter.
Despite the actions of this fan, he stands alone among those upset by James’ departure.
Most of Cleveland has reacted supportively to LeBron leaving with praise and gratitude to the World Championship drought he ended in 2016. On a positive note, the unnamed fan was not reported to have any injuries.
Several questions still surround the post-LeBron era Cavs and without those questions being answered, most Cavaliers’ fans might begin to feel like their team is burning up in smoke like this man’s arm almost did.
However, time will tell how the Cavaliers bounce back from James’ second exodus.