It’s official: All-Star center Dwight Howard confirmed he’s leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets.

Also official? These Lakers fans are a classy bunch:

Yeah, burning that jersey you paid for will sure show him!

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  • Blake Waymire

    Is it just me, or does this seem like a bit of an overreaction?

    • trixiewoobeans

      Is it just me, or are sports the only thing that inspires great passion in many American males today?

      • R.C.

        sad really. most i know can name starting lineups from every major sport while clueless to the difference between the Constitution and Declaration

      • CatHerder

        Well no, there’s pretty ladies too. Speaking for myself.

      • san rafael blue

        BINGO! That’s how it is for many men, not all certainly, but many. American men are allowed to act crazy koo koo and even get huggy if its all about the game. It’s not as cut and dried as it used to be, more opportunity to show multifaceted, multidimension selves nowadays, but for most, sports, or xbox is a freedom road for the emotions.

    • Emily B

      A tad dramatic, yes.

    • grais

      something seriously wrong w/these people.
      How shallow must one’s existence be to react like this…over sports…SPORTS, fercrissake?!?!

      • Blake Waymire

        I just can’t see the point in all of this. I love racing (NASCAR, Formula, Le Mans, air, etc.) and I’ve never gotten so much into it that I’d do anything like this if, say, Lewis Hamilton left Mercedes for Red Bull or something.

        • grais

          I can’t see any point from beginning to end.

          They liked the guy so much that they bought his jerseys so they can dress like he does (I guess). Now he’s off to another team and they hate him so much that they set their own worship-clothes on fire. Do they think he gives a rat’s patoot?

          Even junior high school girls aren’t that irrational.

      • Mekadave

        Well, it *IS* LA.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Unfortunately, displays of immaturity like this are all too common.

    • OmaCole

      At least they didn’t spit in his food, like Logan did for Riley Nelson’s pop when Riley decided to go to BYU.

  • Medicinewoman2

    So THIS is what double digit IQ’s do in their spare time.

    • TocksNedlog

      Root for the Lakers?

      • Medicinewoman2

        Burn shit they paid for.

  • Jamie Wilson

    If only sports fans would burn jerseys of thugs like Aaron Hernandez!

  • CatHerder

    Reckon how many of them neglected to take ’em off first?

  • jgeorgia2000

    Well it sure looks like the these fools think like the jihadists waste good money on burning emblems. Jersey makers here and US flag makers there get rich. Ignorant people think they are making some kind of statement. Only that their mindset is 5th grade revenge LOL

  • Bill731

    Professional sports is a business. He is entitled to go and play where ever he wants to go. Fans, don’t expect any loyalty from these athletes. You will be disappointed.

  • CG Eucare

    AH. Priorities.

  • Harry G

    This was the dumbest thing I’ve seen in a minute; people are that up in arms over someone getting traded to another NBA team? Our priorities in this country are really out of whack…

    • TheOriginalDonald

      He didn’t get traded, he opted out of his contract.

      Of course, as a Celtics fan, ANY Lakers jersey being burned is considered an act of Patriot-ism 😉

  • HARP2

    Most of them purchased with an EBT card.

    • Mary123s

      can they REALLY purchase that with an EBT card?

  • Bemani Dog

    I sincerely hope that the last one is indeed squirting lighter fluid on the jersey, and not p*ssing on it.

    • CatHerder

      Hard to tell. Maybe he decided not to burn it, just in case.

    • san rafael blue

      I was thinking the same thing. If it was lighter fluid, I’m sure ‘they’ would have fired it up to entertain us some more.

  • ChandlersGhost

    Lakers fans are very good at setting things on fire.

  • DaMello

    So, will the jerseys that aren’t torched or ruined become collectors items?

  • Booker

    Your money not mine. They did the same with James when he moved to Miami. And now he’s smiling to the bank.

  • Ironhawk86

    Only LOLakers fans could get this melodramatic over a guy who was there for all of a year and was pretty much a malcontent the second he walked in the door. The jersey burning in Cleveland after Lebron left was over the top but the anger was at least justified given the circumstances. These people, on the other hand, just want attention, kinda like everyone else in that godforsaken city.

  • Brother bob

    Does this mean they’re racists?

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Not racists, RAPISTS! #Kobe

  • Liz

    I’m sorry, but these people might be better off not purchasing the jerseys in the first place, as sooner than later 90%+ of these players will move on. Remember, as Dwight said it was best for him. Sports and politics have a lot in common. Neither the jocks or the politicians gives a rats arse about you.

  • TugboatPhil

    The morons ranting about this probably all voted for the Democrat super-majority in the California Legislature, and also for the increased taxes last election.

    He went to Texas to keep his money.

  • ceemack

    He was a free agent, he signed with another team. Meh. It was a risky trade for the Lakers to start with.

    I mean, it’s not like he’s Eric Dickerson or anything. Now THAT guy deserved to have his jerseys burned.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Orlando Tragic fans are snickering at this, I GUARONTEE IT!

  • Maxx

    …thus confirming the wise decision of Howard to leave that mess of a team and it’s fickle fans.

    The jersey burning was stupid and melodramatic when LeBron left Cleveland and it’s stupid now. Life goes on “fans.”

  • Maxx

    …thus confirming the wise decision of Howard to leave that mess of a team and it’s fickle fans.

    The jersey burning was stupid and melodramatic when LeBron left Cleveland and it’s stupid now. Life goes on “fans.”

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Well, ‘fan’ is short for fanatic, after all.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Well, ‘fan’ is short for fanatic, after all.

  • PeriMedic

    Why are basketball fans so consistently violent?

  • PeriMedic

    Why are basketball fans so consistently violent?

  • Kyle Schroeck

    That’s why I only buy jerseys of retired people. Lemieux, Clemente, Dermonti Dawson.

  • Cleatus Van Damne ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Oh, man. If I transferred to a different franchise and the people of the city where my former employer was located burned replica uniforms bearing my name and numerical designation on them, I would be so, so very distressed.
    The dozens of millions of dollars would not even begin to mend the tear in the very fabric of my soul.

  • Rusty Bill

    A hundred years from now, will anybody care who Dwight Howard was, or what team he played for?

    A hundred years from now, will anybody care what the United States was, or what political party destroyed it?

    Perspective and priorities…

  • san rafael blue

    I’m not a sports fan, unless my nephew needs my support for a game, so I know nothing about this Dwight Howard. What did or didn’t he do? Has he been bad?

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    This is just an excuse. They’re really burning their Lakers jerseys so they don’t get called bandwagon jumpers when they start wearing their Clippers jerseys. Duh.

  • DV S1EOG

    I wonder how many of these morons ended up in the burn ward.