Jimmy Butler’s story.
On Mother’s Day, it seems appropriate to tell the story of Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler.
At age 13, Butler was thrown out of his house by his mother and started wandering around from home to home, finding shelter where he could.
During his senior year in high school, he became friends with Jordan Leslie through basketball — they became close and he started sleeping over at his place.
This is when Leslie’s mother Michelle Lambert realized after one too many sleepovers that Butler in fact didn’t have a permanent home.
Already with seven children of their own, Lambert and her husband Michael discussed whether they could afford to take on one more child and came to this conclusion: the implications of not taking in Butler were greater than the alternative.
Butler kept this story from most people, even leading up to the NBA Draft last year, he listed his biological parents Londa and Jimmy Butler in Marquette’s media guide.
Before Butler was drafted, Lambert expressed no regrets about the decision to accept Butler into her family:
‘‘To me, the early part of his life doesn’t exist. I mean, it does exist, but I just think of him as mine and that he’s been with us forever. I hope someone gives him a chance. No one gave him a chance. I guess we did, and look what happened. He finally had someone to make proud of him. If an NBA team gives him a chance, he’ll do the world for them. That’s what he did for me.”
Happy Mother’s Day everyone.
The Blind Side 2: Down The Baseline… anyone??