Jimmy Butler’s Agent Calls NBA Insider A ‘Dirt Bag Piece Of Sh*t’

Jimmy Butler’s agent had some choice words for respected NBA insider Shams Charania after Charania indicated things had occasionally become “testy” between Butler and the Miami Heat coaching staff.

“Shut the f*ck up you click bait, ambulance chasing, dirt bag piece of sh*t,” Bernie Lee, who represents the Heat star, tweeted at Charania. “No one has told you this because this is not reality. Go find someone’s assistant to text abt an MRI or some other human calamity you want to be 1st on. We are good over here.”

Lee has actually had several run-ins with NBA reporters in the past (including myself). This time, he was responding to a conversation between Charania and former NBA guard Iman Shumpert on an NBA playoff preview show on Stadium. Charania works for both Stadium and The Athletic.

While the dialogue on Charania and Shumpert mostly painted Butler in a positive light, Lee clearly did not care for Charania saying, “I’m told there has been very, very testy moments behind the scenes between Jimmy and that coaching staff.”

Interestingly, Lee called me and tried to intimidate me into retracting a story in November 2018, when I wrote that several general managers around the league were beginning to question Butler’s character. This was after Butler had demanded a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

National NBA reporter Chris Sheridan has said he was also once derided by Lee.

“He’s an idiot,” a fellow an NBA agent told me of Lee at the time. “That’s why he’s calling reporters and acting unprofessional all the time.”

Butler is far and away Lee’s most notable client. The Heat are coming off a run to the NBA Finals last season in the Orlando bubble, where they lost to the Lakers.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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