Jimmy Butler is at it again.
After the All-Star guard’s messy divorce from the Minnesota Timberwolves in which Butler basically slammed every part of the team, including former UK big man Karl-Anthony Towns, Butler says he will “confront” Wildcat head coach John Calipari after Calipari said Butler was a “bully” in the locker room.
As you may recall, the T-Wolves locker room morale was a disaster at the beginning of the season with Butler isolating his teammates and coaches. The situation got so bad that Butler demanded a trade and became a major disruption until it came as the forward was moved to Philadelphia.
In an recent interview with Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, Calipari sounded off on behalf of Towns and the Butler saga.
“You wait, Karl’s game is going to take off again. He can be himself again,” said Calipari.
Cal goes on to say that Butler was a “bully” in the T-Wolves’ toxic locker room.
“Things happen. There are power struggles all the time (in the NBA). If a guy can bully you, he will bully you. And that’s what Jimmy did to Karl.”
Butler responded in the same article to Calipari’s comments.
“I don’t think bully is a good word, I tell it like it is,” Butler said.
Butler goes on to say the next time they see each other he will show Calipari a bully too and “confront him” about his comments.
“He can call me a bully, but when (Calipari) sees me, I’m gonna confront him about it,” Butler said. “If I’m a bully, I’m gonna bully him too. I’ll tell him how I feel, just like I’d tell anyone else.”
“I don’t care if he’s some big coach. I’m not bullying nobody. I’m just keeping it real. Some of these guys aren’t used to it. When you have as much talent as (Karl) had throughout his life, guys don’t keep it real with him. I do.”
Needless to say, stay tuned to this situation.