Source - Jimmy Butler proved that some things are more important than sports on Saturday when the Timberwolves’ All-Star met with a “Make-A-Wish” fan, just one day after he learned about his potentially season-ending meniscus tear in his knee.
“Pay no mind to my crutches, baby. Pay no mind.”
Butler limped into the Wolves’ media room, and despite the disappointment of his injury he made sure to give his full attention to Matthew Long, the fan who was there to meet him. Butler met with his family, who were there as well — and say down with Matthew, described by officials as “the shy one” to talk about sports.
The boy was nervous when he told Butler his favorite sport was football, but the two found common ground.
It’s hard not to be a Jimmy Butler fan after watching this video. I don’t want to give him too much credit for doing the right thing, I’d like to think that other athletes would do the same, but it’s still worth noting. Butler was clearly in a lot of pain and went out of his way to make Matthew’s day. He could’ve easily canceled the meeting and everyone would’ve understood. The Timberwolves playoff hopes essentially died the second he went down. Which I’m sure took a massive toll on his psyche. They still have Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins but Butler is irreplaceable. Instead, he sucked it up and saw the big picture. And from the looks of it, Matthew and his family were thrilled. As an adult, it’s easy to forget how big a deal athletes play in kids’ lives. A lot of the time athletes forget too. Butler says he wants to be able to make it back in time for playoffs. Whether that happens remains to be seen. Hopefully, karma kicks in and he’s able to make a speedy recovery. He deserves it.