NBA Star Jimmy Butler Comes to Country Star Wallen’s Defense Over “N-Word” Controversy
Back in early 2021, a video emerged of country mega-star Morgan Wallen using the n-word. He subsequently apologized for this act. Surprisingly, he was not canceled for this act.
At the time, Wallen faced strong pushback. However, Miami Heat shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who is a good friend of Wallen, had his back at the time — a point he reiterated in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Butler said the following in his Rolling Stone interview:
Wasn’t no controversy for me. I don’t even know what happened. I heard about it. I didn’t see the video. I didn’t look much into it and I’m not going to look much into it. I don’t think he’s a bad human being in any way, shape or form. He is a friend of mine, and I don’t know what happened. Obviously, it was a mistake, I think he learned from it, I think he knows better, and I don’t know what was said and in what context, but I think he’s an incredible human being who made a mistake.
Butler claims to have not seen the video of the incident, but “I didn’t look much into it, and I’m not going to look much into it,” continuing that he knows the country musician’s true intentions.
“I don’t think he’s a bad human being in any way, shape or form. He is a friend of mine, and I don’t know what happened,” Butler added. “Obviously, it was a mistake, I think he learned from it, I think he knows better, and I don’t know what was said and in what context, but I think he’s an incredible human being who made a mistake.”
Butler tried to perform next to Wallen when he was in Toronto for a concert on his birthday on September 14.
“I just want to sing one line of ‘’98 Braves.’ Maybe I’ll sing a whole verse!” he stated.
Butler, a six-time NBA all-star, has led the Heat to two NBA Finals in the last five years. He is an avid listener of Wallen’s music. Once he decides to exit hardwood, Butler has plans to enter the country music arena.
Butler declared that he “fell in love” with country music when he was a senior at Marquette University. At first, he generally listened to “Lil Wayne and Jay-Z.” But after getting into the country genre, Butler says that he currently has 45 tracks with “real artists and songwriters.”
“I don’t want to tell anyone who I’ve been writing with because then it’ll ruin the surprise. Now, I’m in the lab writing and producing country music,” Butler stated, continuing by noting that there is “definitely going to be an album.”
“That’s the goal. I just don’t know when. The date I want to do it always gets pushed back because this other job that I have, playing basketball, kind of overshadows everything,” he remarked. “And maybe some of the songs will be down the line for my second or third album. I can’t wait to get it to the people.”
During a time when political correctness dominates nearly all human interactions, it’s a breath of fresh air to see prominent public figures not falling for the petty drama that’s characteristic of the woke wars. For the US to remain socially stable, people will need to stop being so sensitive and be more forgiving of people’s social missteps.