Jimmy Butler is one of the premier stars in this league, a player who just led his team to the NBA Finals during the 2019-20 season. There's no question that he's a celebrity. He's played for two large franchises in Chicago and Miami, and it's quite likely that the majority of NBA fans would recognize him if they saw him on the street.
While a lot of people do enjoy being celebrities, it certainly has its own negative aspects. When speaking to Lane Florsheim of The Wall Street Journal, Jimmy Butler has revealed that a difficult aspect of being famous is that he can't just "go be a parent from time to time". Butler shared that he hates the fact that he can't take his daughter to places like the park or the zoo, simply because people just want to do basketball-related activities with him.
I think one of the hardest things about being a celebrity is that you can’t go be a parent from time to time. I hate that I can’t take my daughter to the zoo because everyone wants to talk basketball or take a photo. To my daughter, I’m just her dad, she doesn’t know any different.
I hate that I can’t take her to the park because there are kids who are out playing basketball and [they say], ‘Hey, let’s go play.’ I love you kids, but I literally just want to be a dad right now. A lot of times I just try to do a lot of things with her around the house, or I’ll get on my bike and put her on the back of it, stuff like that, where it can just be us.
There's no doubt that it can be tough at times to be a celebrity. There is constant attention towards you from fans, and as mentioned by Butler, you will never be able to have some family time in public. Butler is not the only one who has talked about the hard parts of being famous, and former teammate Karl-Anthony Towns previously criticized social media hate towards NBA players, as people are quick to say someone "sucks" and forget their previous performances. Being an NBA player has its difficulties.
Hopefully, Jimmy Butler will be able to have family time in the future without interruptions from fans. Everyone deserves to have times where they can just be with family, and celebrity athletes aren't an exception.