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Jimmy Butler says he will “confront” John Calipari about calling him a bully

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler aren’t the best of friends right now, and it’s all centered around former Wildcat center Karl-Anthony Towns.

As you may remember, there was major discontent in the Minnesota Timberwolves locker room when the season began, with Butler calling out Towns and former Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins out for supposedly not having what it takes mentally to win.

The locker room controversy ended up getting so bad that Butler demanded a trade, disrupting practices and team chemistry until that demand was granted. In November, the former Marquette star was moved to Philadelphia in a trade.

In an interview with Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, Calipari said Towns would finally be able to take that next step into superstardom and “be himself again” with Butler gone.

“You wait,” Calipari said. “Karl’s game is going to take off. He can be himself again.

“I bet that environment was so uncomfortable for him. First of all, he and Jimmy are totally different people — how they were brought up, their likes and dislikes, how they approach competition. You have one guy on this side and one guy on the other side.

“There was a dogfight, and Karl’s not one to get into that. So, he stepped back.”

Calipari went as far as to say Butler was a “bully” in the locker room,

“Things happen. There are power struggles all the time in [the NBA],” Calipari said. “If a guy can bully you, he will bully you. And that’s what Jimmy did to Karl. C’mon, that’s the league.”

And who was the individual that came to Towns’ defense? Calipari’s former Memphis star point guard Derrick Rose.

“Derrick is the one who got Karl through that whole Butler mess,” Calipari said.

In that same ESPN article, Butler responded to Calipari’s comments, saying he didn’t see himself as a bully and believed the Kentucky head coach wasn’t looking at the situation the same way he was.

“I don’t think bully is a good word,” Butler said. “I tell it how it is. Whenever I was in college, I had [Marquette coach] Buzz Williams to tell me how it was. I didn’t have a bunch of McDonald’s All-Americans like [Calipari] has. So, he can look at it a different way.”

Butler then said that if Calipari wants to see him as a bully, he’ll show him a bully the next time they see each other. The Philadelphia star said he was going to “confront him” about the situation.

“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 head 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] has had throughout his life, guys don’t keep it real with him. I do.”

(ESPN)

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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41 Comments for Jimmy Butler says he will “confront” John Calipari about calling him a bully



  1. Truman Claytor
    11:12 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    This bully now wants to go bully Calipari because he called him a bully… What a hood rat!



    • omegagavin
      11:24 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

      That’s racist! Lol.



    • J. Did
      2:43 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Jimmy Butler – the bully – just exposed his bully self.

      What a bully.

      Typically, a bully does not realize ‘she’ is bullying and is actually compensating for various personal shortcomings and or continuing a cycle.

      Jimmy Butler……bully.



  2. unbridled
    11:14 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Butler is a mental patient that will likely find himself in prison before it’s all said and done. He’s a mental midget to boot.



  3. ClutchCargo
    11:20 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Ron Artest 2.0.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:04 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      But Ron wants World Peace.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:25 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Metta World Peace seems to be getting it together so I intentionally said Ron Artest, btw.



  4. claiborne_field
    11:25 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds like a bully to me



  5. KYjellyRoll
    11:26 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds jealous to me



  6. AirForceOne
    11:30 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Bully Coach Cal, and Boogie will probably stomp his ass when he sees him.



    • IrishCat
      12:02 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the next step in this piece, and I’m all for watching that go down.



    • calcat
      1:35 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing



  7. CoachCat
    11:30 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not sure if saying he is bullying Cal. Wanting to confront someone who is throwing your name around is a normal thing. That being said I’ll think he will regret it once the BBN starts in on his Twitter



    • KYcats11
      12:17 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      He specifically said he would bully Cal.



  8. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    11:50 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Funny thing about “keeping it real” and “telling it like it is”…you are really just stating your opinion many times. Most people who are adamant they keep it real are just opinionated. There is a difference..



    • Luether
      2:14 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Cal has said many times that he keeps it real…



  9. J-Dub421
    11:57 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Jimmy Butler is a locker room cancer. He’s been a problem on every team he’s been on. He’s already causing problems in Philadelphia.



    • notFromhere
      12:14 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Only a matter of time until the tree shows its fruit.



  10. Bluebloodtoo
    12:02 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Denial? In not in denial!



  11. Bunglert
    12:05 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    The best way to stop the “bully” rumor is by more bullying



  12. IrishCat
    12:07 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Agree w/ Wills that “keeping it real” is often just lingo for being a loud mouth jerk. There’s a stoic, but intense, maturity to Jimmy’s game that I’ve always loved to watch. I’ve been disappointed seeing that it’s not reflected in his personality.



  13. notFromhere
    12:09 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not a bully, and I’ll bully you to prove it. You just wait. You sit there and wait, while I tell you what to do and think, and if you don’t, I’ll show you what a bully really is. But I’m not a bully.



  14. TheGrantAnt
    12:18 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Saying he’s not a bully then says he will bully Cal???

    Hmmmmmmmmm……



  15. coolclay
    12:18 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Kinda like a Dennis Rodman lol



  16. Matt10
    12:22 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Are we sure Cal wasn’t calling Jimmy a bully, as in a dried up bull penis?



    • ClutchCargo
      1:01 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Lol! My dogs would chew him up in no time.



  17. StuckinLville
    1:28 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Well of all the coaches to step to calipari will give it right back to him that’s for sure



  18. Wade
    1:39 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    He should join mma



  19. BigolBlue
    1:43 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Butler seriously thinks he is Mike Jordan. Bum



  20. Headhurts
    1:47 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Flush that terd jimmy butt-ler down the toilet.



  21. CopenhagenCat
    2:07 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Jimmy better watch it. He will have to deal with Brad. 🙂



    • Luether
      2:13 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Cal Jr couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag with a razor blade…



  22. Jiminy Crickets
    2:19 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    He want to call me a bully, I’ll bully him too, I ain’t no bully.

    Lol, full circle argument there



  23. Wildcat_blues1029
    5:05 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    If it was a white NBA player none of Yal would have a problem with the player acting like this



  24. Catcasey1
    7:10 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Why r u making it a black thing



    • Wildcat_blues1029
      7:32 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Clearly a bunch of other people are so why not let’s state facts. If he was white Yal wouldn’t have a problem at all. Yal May cheer for “our” UK alumni but let’s be real Yal wouldnt give a dam about them when they make mistakes if they’re black. Rex was a junkie and has a stealing record but UK had no issue with it and still gave him a job but if Rex was black the University wouldn’t even give him a janitor job.



    • jakew60
      10:43 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

      Nothings about race, we all hate Christian lattener, but we like towns and Davis, and cousins and wall, Bledsoe, Fox, lamb, randle, WCS, etc. not everything is about race if a white kid bullies someone then f him same the the other way



  25. catdaddyd
    9:35 pm January 19, 2019 Permalink

    I see Al Sharpton has decided to join us.



  26. Wildcat_blues1029
    12:42 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    @jakew60 like them until they f up. Then you wouldn’t want anything to do with them. Bet if they kneeled during the anthem or sat instead of stood Yal wouldn’t support them and their beliefs



  27. Wildcat_blues1029
    12:44 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    @catdaddyd na not Al Sharpton just your everyday jehova witness knocking on your door.



  28. TheHalloWay
    2:31 pm January 20, 2019 Permalink

    When keeping it real goes wrong. (Just watch the Chappelle skit). Him and Penny should probably just slow down a little in public.