Kyrie Irving Autographs Nets Fan Fahad Saleem's No. 11 Jersey After House Fire

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2020

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When Brooklyn Nets fan Fahad Saleem's home caught fire in early March, one memento survived—his Kyrie Irving jersey. After Saleem posted about the fire on Twitter, the star point guard signed the uniform that survived the blaze and left Saleem with a message:

Fahad @FahadSuave

The only thing that survived my house fire @BrooklynNets @KyrieIrving Lost both of my #8 signed and #26 @SDinwiddie_25 jersey burned in the fire @BrooklynBrigade @KDTrey5 https://t.co/Cfsfo5tg36

Roc Nation Sports @RocNationSports

A No. 11 Kyrie Irving jersey was the only thing remaining when Fahad Saleem’s home caught fire. @KyrieIrving came through when it mattered the most 🙏 https://t.co/BxUBJl5GLE

Both the Nets and Spencer Dinwiddie also responded to Saleem's post earlier in the month:

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets

We’re one Nets family. When something like this happens to one of our fans, we feel it too. We’ll be in touch about how we can help. https://t.co/nOPWael2b2

Spencer Dinwiddie @SDinwiddie_25

@FahadSuave @BrooklynNets @KyrieIrving @BrooklynBrigade @KDTrey5 Jerseys are replaceable. You are not. 🙏🏾

"It's a crazy story," Saleem told Nets Daily on March 6. "I'm a big Nets fan and it's crazy that only my Kyrie jersey survived. I lost everything, from socks to my bed." 

Fahad @FahadSuave

Can’t thank you enough @KyrieIrving appreciate it !! https://t.co/PsUgb1Q8Cp

The NBA has since gone on hiatus amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving NBA fans like Saleem without basketball. But it's nice to see the league's players continue to support their fans, especially in times of need.