The best drama in America right now might not be on television or in a movie theater. It can be found in Minnesota, and it involves the Timberwolves.
The ongoing Jimmy Butler saga took an insane turn yesterday with reports that Butler essentially went on a rampage in practice. Later, the star shooting guard appeared in an interview on ESPN giving his account of what took place.
Today, things reportedly took an even stranger turn. The Timberwolves canceled practice, and The Athletic’s Shams Charania later stated that Butler called a players-only meeting.
Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler called a players-only meeting today, airing his feelings toward situation and management, per league sources. Butler expressed to players he would compete with them, as signs pointing to him staying with the franchise into the regular season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 11, 2018
That is pretty interesting enough in and of itself, but things got better. Minnesota point guard Jeff Teague called Charania out on Twitter.
Teague called the report of a players-only meeting “fake news.”
@ShamsCharania it wasn’t no players meeting you just made that up bro y’all gotta relax with this fake news
— Jeff Teague (@Teague0) October 11, 2018
But wait, that isn’t all. Apparently, Butler personally told ESPN’s Nichols that there was a players meeting.
Jimmy Butler confirmed to @Rachel__Nichols that he held a players-only meeting with Timberwolves players on Thursday, a day after he reported to the team for his first practice. pic.twitter.com/I90SyC1LdL
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 11, 2018
If you’re keeping track, that means multiple reports of a players-only meeting, with Butler saying it happened and Teague publicly denying it.
The NBA can be a soap opera sometimes. This is a prime of example of when it is.