Jimmy Butler’s emotional, profanity-laced tirade Wednesday was directed primarily at Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, as well as members of the franchise’s front office, during an unexpected practice session appearance, sources told Yahoo Sports.
“I ain’t never seen some [Shit] like that. Jimbo showed out,” one of Minnesota’s players told Yahoo Sports— Butler requested a trade, and after multiple failed attempts by the organization to accommodate the four-time All-Star and four-time All-Defensive Team member, it all came to a head Wednesday.”
Butler showed up late to practice & subbed himself into the game— Butler verbally bashed Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, president of basketball operations/coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden, league sources said. Screaming from the top of his lungs, Butler uttered taunts at his teammates such as “They ain’t [expletive]!” and “They soft!”, league sources said.
Most of the players knew the invectives were directed at Towns and Wiggins, league sources said. Butler naturally wasn’t in the best of shape, league sources said, but he held his own— At one point, Butler found himself guarding Towns in the post and when the big man received the entry pass, Butler yelled, “He can’t do [SHIT] against me!” and Towns ended up kicking the ball out, league sources said.
Neither Towns nor Wiggins confronted Butler at any point, league sources said Some players were motivated by Butler’s theatrics, but others were distraught and speechless, most notably Towns, league sources said— After practice concluded Butler stormed out of the facility, not before receiving a hand tap from Wiggins. Towns then huddled players in the middle of the court and gave an ‘speech.’ Telling players to ‘keep their emotions in check.’