If you’ve ever followed a sports team on social media you know that teams will celebrate player birthdays in some form. Instagram, Twitter, maybe even Facebook — a quick graphic with some balloons and a “happy birthday” is really all you need to do. Many teams even schedule these posts out early in the year, automatically giving your players some love so you don’t forget.
But when teams struggle, this exercise in gratitude can become fraught with issues. This is the case for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Wednesday is Isaiah Thomas‘ birthday. The now-29-year-old point guard is in his first season with the Cavaliers.
Thomas has been critical of the Cavaliers’ effort this year, and though he’s been actually on the floor for the team for just about a month he hasn’t played all that well. He isn’t shooting well, he’s not playing good defense, and as the Cavs continue to struggle and he continues to shake off the rust, well, everyone is getting frustrated.
That’s why it was very curious when Thomas’ birthday well wishes were posted to Instagram with the comments turned off on Wednesday.