It’s no joke conspiracies have been circulating for many years, and surprisingly, few people believe them. But we don’t belong in that group.
Indeed, Butler never got a chance to meet his father, but there is not enough proof or evidence that he is Michael Jordan‘s abandoned son.
How did the rumors begin?
In February 2016, Terez Owens’s self-proclaimed “King of sports media” broke the news he received an anonymous tip that Jordan is Butler’s real father.
He mentioned in 1988, Michael Jordan did not claim an unwanted baby due to fear of destroying his marriage. So, the baby took the mother’s surname Butler.
Jordan then paid the mother huge money not to harm his public image, role model status, and the legacy he built.
Later, after 13 years, when payment stopped, the mother kicked the 13 years old child out of his.
In addition, multiple gossip websites and youtube channels added their hypothesis to make things spicier.
Such as Butler being endorsed by the Jordan brand, both were playing for Chicago Bulls; Butler looks more similar to Jordan than his actual two sons.
One evidence regarding this wildest rumor in the NBA is Michael Jordan played Houston in February 1989.
However, Butler was born in September, and no records state Butler was born prematurely.
Similarly, Jordan paid handsome money to keep things secret, but Butler was raised poorly. So, if her mother had been paid well, they would have lived a better life.
Although Butler was kicked out of the house when he was 13 years old, his mother would have easily made money and fame if she had exposed Jordan. So, it doesn’t make sense.
To sum up, this is almost a false story, but there are many exciting concepts for sure.
Homeless kid to NBA All-Star
Jimmy Butler has already cemented himself as a legitimate NBA superstar performing every season.
But he had an unusual path to the NBA. Moreover, his life is not less than Hollywood movies.
Butler was born on the outskirts of Houston, but his father abandoned his family, so he didn’t know his father growing up.
Later, at 13, her mother kicks him out of the home. Butler mentioned in a 2011 interview that she told I don’t want to look at you. You have to go.
He was on his own, and until senior year, Butler hopped around his friend’s and teammates’ houses.
Butler met Jordan Leslie, a freshman football and basketball athlete, in a summer basketball camp before his high school senior year.
Jordan challenged Butler to a three-point shooting competition. Then they immediately became friends. Soon friends became family.
It all began when Jordan told Butler he could stay in his house for the night. The night led to weeks and weeks to months.
After a few months, Michelle Lambert, Jordan’s mother, accepted Butler to her family even though she already had six children.
Michelle accepted Jordan to the family with open arms, but it was not due to basketball. Instead, she liked doing such stuff and gave Butler the home he deserved.
Later, with his new family’s love and support, he prospered on and off the court, and the rest is history. In a 2017 ESPN interview, Butler said he never considered himself genuinely homeless.
Thanks to Michelle and her loving family, Butler is today due to his hard work and family’s love and support.
Get to know more about Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler attended Tyler for his freshman season. But after his first season, he enrolled at the DI program, Marquette.
Later, he declared for the NBA draft after graduating from college. In the 2011 NBA draft, Chicago Bulls selected Butler as the 30th overall pick.
Butler got limited opportunities during his rookie lockout season, but he played all 82 games the following season.
In June 2017, the Bulls traded Butler to Minnesota Timberwolves. However, just after playing one season, he requested for trade.
In November 2018, Timberwolves traded Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers. He helped the team to reach the Eastern Conference finals but fell to eventual champions Toronto Raptors.
In the 2019 off-season, Butler signed with Miami Heat. In his first season with the Heat, young Butler reached the NBA finals. He also got his fifth All-Star selection that season.
But his team lost the series 4-2 to Los Angeles Lakers. However, Butler wrote his name in NBA history book setting records.
In the finals, he averaged 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. Later he joined Lebron James and Jerry West to record 40+ points triple-double in NBA finals.
Likewise, he is the second player to record 30+ points triple-double and the sixth player in NBA finals history to record multiple triple-doubles.
Salary and Net Worth
In the 2021 offseason, Jimmy Butler signed a lucrative contract extension with Miami Heat worth around $142 million for four years.
Likewise, in 2019 he signed four years of $140 million maximum contracts as a sign and trade agreement between Sixers and Heat.
Currently, he is the highest earner in Heats and the 14th best-paid player in the NBA. In the 2021-22 season, he will earn $34 million from his salary.
Moreover, Butler has already earned about $160 million from his salary contracts, not bad for a homeless guy in his childhood.
Besides, his salary he makes around $3 million from his endorsement deals. His sponsors include Aquahydrate, Beats By Dre, Bonobos, Five Four, and Hyperiece.
Butler terminated his Jordan contract eight months with the Jordan brand in 2020 and signed with Chinese brand Li Ning.
The exact net worth of Jimmy Butler is not revealed. However, according to various reliable online sources, he is estimated to have a net worth of $60 million.
In 2020, Jimmy Butler became a father. Her daughter Rylee was born to her girlfriend, Kaitlin Nowak. However, their current relationship status is unknown.
Likewise, in the GQ interview, he mentioned that Rylee taught him about unconditional love. As he went to the NBA bubble soon after her birth, Buttler missed her whole time.
Butler also mentioned that her daughter had given him a new goal in his life; to teach her she can achieve anything, no matter the gender or race.
Moreover, he wants to make sure that women and men are on the same level.
So, Butler is pushing himself and working hard to be the best role model for Rylee.
Butler went through a troubled childhood without the love and support of his parents for many years.
So, Butler wants to make sure he properly fulfill his responsibility as a father and make sure Rylee is always happy.
Social Media Presence
Instagram: 6.3 million followers
Twitter: 839.2K followers
Facebook: 2.5 million followers
Youtube: 718k subscribers
Frequently Asked Questions
Was Jimmy Butler adopted?
Jimmy Butler bounced from one friend’s home to another after being kicked out of his house at 13 years old.
Later, in his senior year at high school, Michelle Lambert, the mom of one of his friends, adopted him.
Does Jimmy Butler still talk to his biological parents?
In the interview with ESPN, Jimmy Butler mentioned that he still talks to his biological parents.
Butler also said he doesn’t hold any grudges against his parents and is especially close to his biological siblings.