Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler Ends Twitter Exile, Defends Jeff Teague’s Flagrant Foul

Jimmy Butler has made an unexpectedly swift return … to Twitter.

The Minnesota Timberwolves guard used Twitter to defend teammate Jeff Teague, who hip checked Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio out of bounds during their teams’ matchup Friday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz were leading by nine points with just over five minutes remaining when Teague sparked a scuffle with his hard foul on Rubio.

Referees called a flagrant foul 2 on Teague and ejected him.

Butler recently underwent surgery to repair a knee injury and reportedly will be out until April. But that didn’t stop him from ending his Twitter silence after two plus years to chime in on the bad blood the Timberwolves and Jazz displayed.

Jazz forward Jae Crowder confronted Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau during the scuffle and was subsequently ejected. Butler issued this warning to Crowder.

Rubio played in Minnesota for the first six years of his NBA career before the Timberwolves traded him to the Jazz last summer. A fan reminded Butler of Rubio’s service to the Timberwolves, drawing this firm retort.

The Jazz ultimately won the game 116-108.

NBA fans who don’t particularly care about the result should be happy Butler has returned to social media.

Thumbnail photo via Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports Images

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