Taylor Swift gave her stamp of approval to Jimmy Butler on Twitter. This comes in the wake of Dwyane Wade laughing to a video of Butler dancing to ’22’.
Basketball fans know that Jimmy Butler is perhaps the most enthusiastic country music stan in the NBA. Most relevantly, Butler is a fan of Taylor Swift. He revealed this in a 2015 appearance on ESPN’s First Take:
“Her music’s very catchy. Don’t judge me (Skip and Stephen A laugh). I think that it’s something that I can listen to before a game, cuz it’s upbeat.”
“Then she switched over to pop. Suddenly, you know, I dance and I sing to it, and you know I end up on the internet because of some other teammates. I get hounded for it but I am who I am.”
Taylor Swift gives Jimmy Butler her stamp of approval for his jig to her song
After the loss to the Clippers, the Heat star joined the Tuesday crew on Inside the NBA for a post-game interview. Among the topics raised in this light-hearted interaction was his fascination with the pop star.
The TNT crew watched as the production team played a video of Jimmy Butler vibing and dancing to ’22’ – a Taylor Swift number.
As the clip played, Butler exclaimed, “Y’all need to stay off my Instagram or wherever you got this from.” Butler suppressed a smile and shook his head in the midst of unbridled laughter.
Dwayne Wade gave the video 9 out of 10, which pleased the 31-year-old. This was actually a callback to the 2020 Dunk Contest, when Wade gave Aaron Gordon 9.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 19, 2021
Taylor Swift got wind of this 6-year-old dance video which the TNT guys had played Tuesday night. She liked it, which is not surprising because Butler did pull off some neat – albeit amateur – dance moves.