Jimmy Butler explained his confrontational nature during a recent episode of the Posted Up With Chris Haynes podcast.
“Damn right I'm confrontational. I am confrontational...I would be the first to tell you, I don't give a damn. I've always been like that. I haven’t said it all the time. I’ve always acted it though. Like if you know me and you’re around me, man, if you not around me everyday, I don’t give a damn what you say because you don’t know what I go through," said Butler.
Butler said he modeled his work ethic and approach to the game after Luol Deng.
Butler added that he doesn't care how he's perceived by other people and that he liked being misunderstood.
"If you just come be around me for X amount of hours, X amount of days, you’ll be like, ‘ah, I get it. I understand. I know a little bit about him. I know why he do what he do. I know why he think the way that he thinks. I know why he move the way that he move.’ But you’re not (around me.) You only see bits and pieces from what you get out of the media or from what somebody is telling you."