It’s a sad day for the NBA. Rasual Butler, a former player who balled out for 13 seasons with eight different teams, has passed away in a fatal accident.
According to ESPN, Butler was with his wife, R&B singer Leah LaBelle, when their car crashed at the Studio City neighborhood in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene.
During his NBA career, the 38-year-old baller was best remembered as a veteran who unselfishly taught younger players ways to improve their game. He was first drafted by the Miami Heat back in 2002 and has since played for other teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, and the San Antonio Spurs, to name a few.
Butler was also quite active on social media. His last message, which he posted just hours before the accident, was about believing in yourself:
Following the tragic accident, there was nothing but an outpour of praise and prayers for Butler, which goes to show that he was well-loved by everyone who got to meet him on and off the court.
Check out these emotional reactions from various colleagues, friends and fans alike
Teams he played for
Members of the press also had fond memories of the veteran player
Even the NBA paid its respects
Rest in peace, Rasual.