Last week was a bit of a tough one for the Utah Jazz, as Gordon Hayward chose to leave the team behind for a chance to reunite with his old college coach, Brad Stevens, in Boston.

With another notable player moving on from Utah, there has been much discussion about players’ lack of desire to suit up for the Jazz. Now former Jazz player Trey Burke is sure making that perception seem like a reality.

With some Jazz fans trying to reason with the situation on Twitter, one random tweet from a Jazz podcast caught the eye of Burke a few days later. In his response, Burke played into the idea that nobody wants to play in Utah.

When confronted by one member of the podcast over his response, Burke stood his ground.

So, was it a fact or an alternative fact?

Another person on Twitter came to the defense of the Jazz fans as he tried to pinpoint exactly why Burke said what he did. Burke just pointed out Jazz fans burning jerseys, as if that is unique to Utah fans (when really all it is is a silly way to gain some brief attention on social media platforms).

Wherever you fall on this one, Burke’s Twitter behavior is not all that uncommon from the world of professional athletes. Yet, it still baffles some why a player like Burke would engage in something like this.

Burke was drafted with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded immediately to Utah, where he picked up NBA All-Rookie First Team honors in his rookie season. However, since then, Burke struggled to meet the expectations that typically come with being a top-10 draft pick, and the Jazz ended up trading him to Washington last summer in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2021.

Does Burke have a point, or is he a disgruntled former player taking an easy shot at his former franchise? It could be some of both.

[Larry Brown Sports]

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.