Butler talks fatherhood, life outside of NBA – Journal Times

RACINE — Before he became an NBA All-Star, before he was drafted or even played NCAA Division I college basketball, Caron Butler was a kid from Racine who grew up without a father. Now with kids of his own, fatherhood is something Butler truly values.

“It was always something I wanted to tackle and embrace with open arms. I always wanted to be the best possible dad I could be,” Butler said. “And I learned from having that void in my life and not having a father, so I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I became one.”

Butler was part of a video series put together by the National Basketball Players Association with the hashtag #EverydayDad and spoke about his experiences becoming a father.

Along with photos of Butler and his children, it features a side-by-side interview with his son JC Butler, who will be a senior at The Prairie School in the fall and plays on the school’s basketball team.

Caron Butler said filming that video with his son was a dream come true.

“Shooting that video was a special feeling because I dreamt of that moment,” Butler said. “I had dreams of taking my son to the NBA Top 100 (camp), someplace where I was I when was a teenager.”

JC Butler has been a standout basketball player for the Hawks, earning first team All-Racine County honors and being named to the Associated Press All-State third team.

“Now he’s following in my footsteps and he’s better than me at that age,” Butler said. “He’s prospering at a major rate, and I’m just so proud of him.”

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