Ball Out Boy – NBA Star Jimmy Butler Explains Why He’s Emo Now
On Monday (Oct. 2), Butler arrived to the Heat's media day at the team's home arena at Miami's Kaseya Center sporting a complete "emo" makeover that included long straightened hair with pierced lips, nose, eyebrow and black fingernail paint, as the Miami Herald subsequently reported.
Indeed, Butler looked nothing like the 2022-23 version of himself from that NBA season with his usual braided 'do. But as media day is the first glimpse the public gets each year of a team's players in current uniform, Butler frequently seems to go out of his way to get a reaction. For last year's media day, he showed up with long dreadlocks. But they were gone by the start of that season.
So, sure, maybe this is just for the reaction as well. But is Butler actually full emo now?
Jimmy Butler Emo Hair
"I'm feeling this," Butler said of his new look during a press conference on Monday, where he frequently patted at his long bangs with his hand.
He continued, "I'm very emotional right now. This is my emo state and I like this. This is me. This is how I've been feeling as of late."
Still, it remains to be seen if the emo Jimmy Butler actually hits the court. Regardless, he confirmed to NBA TV on Monday that he's in his emo stage. See video and more photos below.
The Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler Goes "Emo" for NBA Media Day - Oct. 2, 2023
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