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Wholesome interaction between Jimmy Butler, Ernie Johnson goes viral

Jimmy Butler points on the court

Jan 22, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) controls the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler is indisputably one of the nastiest dudes on the court, but he might be one of the nicest dudes off of it as well.

A wholesome interaction between the Miami Heat star Butler and TNT host Ernie Johnson prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday went viral. Johnson went over to greet Butler as Butler was making his way past arena security. Butler’s face lit up when he saw Johnson approaching, and the two shared a very warm embrace.

As they went their separate ways, an excited Butler exclaimed, “Ran into a legend today, y’all saw that? He knows who I am!”

Here is the tremendous video.

The 66-year-old Emmy winner Johnson is one of the most well-loved figures in all of sports. He has anchored TNT’s coverage of the NBA since 1990 and has also lent his voice to golf, baseball, football, and many other sports.

Meanwhile, this is a perfect example of the duality of Butler. He all but bit a guy’s head off during the game Friday, which the Heat won 111-105 to take an improbable 2-0 lead with the series only now heading to Miami. But by the same token, Butler can also produce heartwarming clips like this one.

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