Malcolm Butler rocks Damian Lillard jersey before Titans-Colts game
Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler arrived for work wearing the jersey of Portland Trail Blazers star, Damian Lillard.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard was shown some respect from Malcolm Butler, as the Tennessee Titans cornerback wore Lillard’s jersey on his way into the stadium for his team’s Week 2 tilt with the Indianapolis colts.
Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean shared the video.
The respect is understandable. Lillard is one of the best players at his position in the NBA, so Butler definitely chose the right jersey to wear on Sunday.
During the 2018-19 season, Lillard averaged 25.8 points, 6.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in what was yet another stellar season for the 29-year-old. The Weber State product also took his team to the Western Conference Finals.
As far as Butler is concerned, he had a great Week 1 for the Titans.
Not only did he record an interception that he returned for a touchdown in the 43-13 shellacking of the Browns, he also got in wide receiver Jarvis Landry’s head by saying the Browns had no heart, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
"“I know the guys that’s in the building, I know the guys I go to work with every day and how hard they work,’’ he said. “It’s definitely (a dig) for somebody to say that. It definitely kind of took me by surprise for a second. But at the same time, opponents are willing to say anything, you’ve just got to take it for what it is. Again, in that matter, I know the guys here, I know everybody is going to play under four quarters, 0:00 on the clock and a winner is decided.’’"
Butler’s Titans tenure got off to a slow start in 2018 after the team signed him to a massive five-year, $61.25 million contract. He has since recovered to play well and was listed as one of Pro Football Focus’ “second-half stars” last season.
And if Butler was looking to have a full bounce-back campaign in 2019, he’s certainly off to a great start.