Video shows what Udonis Haslem said to Jimmy Butler during heated exchange
Things got heated on the Miami Heat bench Wednesday night during the team’s 118-104 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The game was tied at the half, but then the Warriors went on a 19-0 run to start the third quarter. Miami had to take a timeout during the run, and that’s when things got heated on the bench. Jimmy Butler seemed to get upset with coach Erik Spoelstra. Udonis Haslem then stepped in to challenge Butler.
Altercation between Jimmy Butler and Udonis Haslem on Heat bench pic.twitter.com/ABUBDnWSqU
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A different angle reveals what was said during the exchange.
“What, do you think I’m going to f—ing fight you?” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said to Butler.
Haslem then told Butler he would beat the star’s rear.
Erik Spoelstra: “What? You think I’m going to fu*king fight you?
Udonis Haslem to Jimmy: “I’ll beat your a*s.”
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That was intense.
Butler has always been known as a strong personality who is demanding. But what we now know too is that Spoelstra doesn’t take a lot of nonsense. We already knew that Haslem didn’t.
The Heat all downplayed the incident after the game, saying this isn’t much different from how they behave during practice.
Lowry on the time-out: "It was crazy. But it was passion."
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