Gordon Hayward’s decision to sign with the Celtics was predictably not received well by Jazz fans.
Last year on the 4th of July, it was Thunder fans who felt betrayed and angry as Kevin Durant announced he would be leaving Oklahoma City to join the Warriors. This year, Jazz fans are feeling the same way.
On Tuesday, Hayward announced via an article at The Players’ Tribune his days as a member of the Jazz are over and he will be joining the Celtics to play for his college coach Brad Stevens. Celtics fan were obviously elated. Jazz fans had decidedly different emotions. Some burned Hayward jerseys and posted videos to social media along with the hashtag #betrayward. Take a look and listen below.
The Jazz is the only franchise Hayward has played for since being selected No. 9 overall in 2010. Those who support the team have watched Hayward grow from a rookie to an All-Star this past season and blossom into one of the better players in the NBA. It’s certainly understandable they would feel hurt by his decision. Hopefully, it wont be as bad as when Dwyane Wade left Miami.
Philadelphia Eagles fans have no love lost for DeSean Jackson.
CSN Mid-Atlantic caught on video a group of Eagles fans burning the jersey of Jackson at a tailgate prior to Saturday’s Philly-Washington game:
Jackson now plays for the rival Washington Redskins after they signed him following his release by Philly in 2014.
Jackson was a star player for the Eagles, scoring 39 touchdowns for them between rushing, receiving and special teams from 2008-2013. They reportedly released him in part because they were concerned he had gang ties.
Philly fans are so passionate that it would be expected to see them burn the jersey of a former player now playing for a rival, but they have even more reason to do so after Jackson insulted them last year.
The Dallas Cowboys officially parted ways with DeMarco Murray on Thursday, and the team’s fans wasted no time doing the same.
Not long after Murray’s new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles was announced, fans began posting visual evidence of them burning the running back’s jersey.
Fans may burn the jersey because they feel they no longer have use for it, but they shouldn’t be upset with Murray. It was evident that the Cowboys simply did not want to pay him very much money for a variety of reasons, which isn’t his fault. Fans actually should be pleased that Murray was willing to take less to stay with the team. Something tells me that this will work out well for Dallas (hello Adrian Peterson!).
Robinson Cano has signed with the highest bidder, which is a popular move among professional athletes. It also happens to be equally unpopular among sports fans, many of who love pretending that they would be the most loyal, down-to-earth people if they ever made it to the big stage. That’s where the New York Yankees fans and their jersey burning will come in.
Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Considering Ellsbury is 30 years old and was seeking more money than Carl Crawford got a few years back, very few are surprised that the Evil Empire has given him seven years and $153 million. That does not mean Boston Red Sox fans aren’t upset to see their former center fielder sleeping with the enemy.
As expected, the Ellsbury jersey burning has already commenced. In addition to the fan who ceremoniously torched Ellsbury’s shirt while bagpipes played in the background, there was also this guy. He was a bit less graceful:
The Houston Texans were one of the teams favored to contend for an AFC Championship entering the 2013 season. However, back-to-back losses to the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks already have fans questioning whether the team has improved enough to avoid another embarrassing playoff loss or missing the postseason altogether. More specificially, Texans fans are losing faith in Matt Schaub.
Schaub threw two interceptions in an overtime loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. He has now thrown eight touchdowns and six interceptions through four games. After the game, a group of Seahawks fans stood around and burned Schaub’s jersey. In the video below that The Big Lead passed along, which contains some NSFW language, you can see a guy collecting money to cover the cost of the jersey before burning it.
Mark Sanchez had another abysmal performance for the New York Jets on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans, this time putting the final nail in the coffin for the 2012 season and possibly his career with the team. Sanchez threw four interceptions and turned the ball over five times, finishing with an embarrassing passer rating of 32.6. It was the second time in three weeks that he threw three or more interceptions in a single game.
Many Jets fans saw enough of Sanchez weeks ago, but several of them needed the brutal loss to Tennessee to fully give up on the former USC star. As you can see from the video above, a couple of Jets fans decided to put their “sincere disheartening” on display after the game and ceremoniously burn their Sanchez jerseys. And yes, they made sure to mention the infamous butt fumble.
Angry fans often express their displeasure with a player who has left for another team by burning their jersey. That is nothing new. But some vile Cincinnati Bengals fan decided to take the process a step further by urinating on a Carson Palmer jersey before his group lit it on fire.
In the video above featuring some NSFW language, you can see the man urinate on the Palmer jersey as others in the background express their surprise. After the first Palmer jersey was burned, the person recording the video moved on to another area where a second Carson Palmer jersey was being burned.
The jersey burning is no surprise after Palmer said he would refuse to play another game for the Bengals following the 2010 season. He was booed during and after the game, and he even had beer dumped on him as he was leaving the field.
We searched for that video, and came across one that appears to show a drink thrown at Palmer as he was running through the tunnel to exit the field. The video will likely disappoint, but you can watch it here.
The fact that Bears fans have gotten to the point where they are ready to start burning Jay Cutler’s jersey is not a surprise. Cutler was awful in an embarrassing loss to the Packers last week and played poorly again in Chicago’s win over the Rams on Sunday. What is somewhat surprising, however, is seeing a fellow Chicago sports legend partake in the festivities.
According to TMZ.com, the video you see above was taken inside Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap in Downtown Chicago. While it is nearly impossible to make out, the man holding the burning paper that is setting fire to Cutler’s jersey is supposedly former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios. People in the bar are clearly chanting Chelios’ name, which makes it easier to believe.
The concept of jersey burning has become such a common practice in sports that it has lost any originality it once had. Fans now burn jerseys when a player switches teams or chokes in a big game. They burn jerseys to forget the past or to express displeasure with a draft pick. However, there can still be a first time for everything — even when it comes to setting jerseys on fire.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there has ever been a video of an angry fan teaching his extremely young son how to light a player’s jersey on fire. That’s why we have Cowboys fans. Check out this video of a cowboys fan teaching his son how to burn a Tony Romo jersey, courtesy of Los That Sports Blog via Black Sports Online: