Jimmy Butler is defending Morgan Wallen after the nation singer was caught in controversy over saying the N-word in a video two years in the past.
“Wasn’t no controversy for me,” Butler, 34, stated to Rolling Stone in an interview printed on Monday, October 2. “I don’t even know what occurred. I heard about it. I didn’t see the video. I didn’t look a lot into it and I’m not going to look a lot into it. I don’t assume he’s a nasty human being in any manner, form or type.”
He continued: “He’s a good friend of mine, and I don’t know what occurred. Clearly, it was a mistake, I feel he realized from it, I feel he is aware of higher and I don’t know what was stated and in what context, however I feel he’s an unbelievable human being who made a mistake.”
In February 2021, TMZ posted a video of Wallen, 30, saying: “Deal with this p–sy-ass n–ga.” Within the aftermath of the video, Wallen’s recording contract was suspended with Huge Loud Information and his music was faraway from radio stations and streaming providers. He was additionally banned from attending the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. The “Whiskey Glasses” singer later apologized for his habits, and stated he wished he might “take it again.”
The Miami Warmth participant, for his half, instructed Rolling Stone that he fell in love with nation music in 2010. Throughout Sport 1 of the NBA Finals versus the Denver Nuggets in June, Butler had his pal Wallen’s music taking part in within the area and instructed the outlet that he even talked with Wallen about approaching stage in Toronto and singing “one line of a music” for his birthday on September 14.
Butler, who’s been occurring dates with Shakira, is now taking his nation music ardour a step additional. He revealed that he’s within the strategy of writing and producing music with Nashville artists.
“I don’t need to inform anybody who I’ve been writing with as a result of then it’ll destroy the shock,” he stated. “Now, I’m within the lab writing and producing nation music. We acquired some actual artists and songwriters. We in all probability acquired round 45 tracks proper now, and I hope to go write some extra.”
Butler — who’s beneath contract with the Warmth till 2026 — shared there’s “positively” going to be an album however there isn’t any set date of when will probably be launched.
“The date I need to do it at all times will get pushed again as a result of this different job that I’ve, taking part in basketball, type of overshadows every little thing,” he stated. “And perhaps a number of the songs shall be down the road for my second or third album. I can’t wait to get it to the individuals.”