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Country music fans are so passionate. During the summer, you can usually find them having the time of their lives at music festivals. And when they’re not at their favorite concerts, they’re often cranking up their music loud and proud with the windows down, sometimes even while driving through back roads.

That’s not all though. They even blare their favorite country anthems after basketball games, too!

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Want proof? Just ask NBA star Jimmy Butler.

The former Chicago Bulls player, who now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, is a huge country music fan. So much so that he defended the genre after one of his latest victories, as seen in the tweet below.

On Jan. 10, the Timberwolves defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 104-88. Jimmy scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had eight assists during that game.

According to “USA Today,” he cooled off in the locker room after the game by blaring Thomas Rhett’s song “Grave.” But his song choice ended up making a few other players cringe.

While teammate Karl-Anthony Towns was getting interviewed, someone nearby made a side remark about the country song.

So Karl-Anthony decided to acknowledge the comment about the song and added, “It’s terrible. It’s so bad.”

That’s when Jimmy clapped back with perhaps the perfect response.

“I just had to chase Russ [Westbrook] around and get hit by Steven Adams,” he said, referencing two Oklahoma City Thunder players. “I can listen to whatever the fuck music I want.”

While, the two athletes clearly have very different tastes in music, the squabble didn’t escalate. Instead, Karl-Anthony gave a little smile and carried on his conversation with reporters.

Jimmy, who has been pretty outspoken about his love for country music, has made a few famous friends along the way. In fact, he recently starred in good buddy Luke Bryan’s smoldering music video for the hit single, “Light It Up.”

In December, Luke touched on the subject of Jimmy’s role in the music video, and shared his reasons for why he thought it was a cool idea to recruit his basketball buddy for the video.

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“Maybe there’s never been a country music video with an NBA superstar in it,” he told Rare Country. “So, I don’t know. [We’re] paving new ground, blazing new trails on the country music road.”

Jimmy, we think your taste in music is pretty darn cool!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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