Američku košarku potresla je vijest o pogibiji bivšeg NBA igrača Rasuala Butlera (38) i njegove supruge Leah (31) u srijedu rano ujutro u Studio Cityju, predgrađu Los Angelesa.
Butler je, vjerojatno pri velikoj brzini, izgubio kontrolu nad svojim Range Roverom, udario u automat za parkiranje, a potom se zabio u zid. Automobil se od siline udarca prevrnuo i bračnom paru nije bilo spasa. Preminuli su na licu mjesta.
Butler je tijekom 14-godišnje karijere promijenio osam klubova u najjačoj košarkaškoj ligi. Umirovio se u dresu San Antonija 2016. godine. Njegova je supruga bila r'n'b pjevačica koja se probila na estradu u trećoj sezoni Američkog idola 2004., gdje je zauzela 12. mjesto.
The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle.— NBA (@NBA) January 31, 2018
A pro's pro, Rasual enjoyed a long, successful career and was widely respected by his peers and coaches. We grieve with their loved ones during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/zNH93MVvpM
The NBPA family is deeply saddened by the passing of our brother, Rasual Butler. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Butler family. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/dNgGGmIpuq— NBPA (@TheNBPA) January 31, 2018
I will always remember the time we shared together as teammates, you were the big brother. I appreciate the advice you shared, not just about basketball but life. Sending my deepest condolences to the families of Rasual and Leah. May you both rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/O4RgQ47PwA— John Wall (@JohnWall) January 31, 2018
So sad this morning to here about my friend and teammate 😢 RIP Rasual Butler appreciate the people around u because u never kno 😔😔😔— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) January 31, 2018
Rest In Peace my brother 🙏🏾#RasualButler— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 31, 2018
Rasual and i my rookie year in Miami. This was my first public appearance and i was nervous to go along—So Sual joined to make it easier on me. That’s who he was—A great individual that was always there for people when they needed him. Today is a sad day—Sual’s family, his wife’s family and his NBA family mourn the lost of a great man. R.I.P philly boy Rasual Butler!
This one hurts. Lost a good dude. Learn a lot from a humble individual. Rest easy to you and your wife! #RasualButler— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) January 31, 2018
You gotta be kidding me right now....— Kyle Lowry (@Klow7) January 31, 2018
This is a sad day man!!! R.i.p sual bop!!
True legend in my eyes !!! Damn I’m really hurt right now... damn man!!
The basketball world lost a good one today. R.I.P. to Rasual Butler, one of the realest people I ever played with. The world is going to miss your presence.— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 31, 2018
Damn this one hurts! RIP Rasual Butler & his wife Leah. Sounds so cliche, but Rasual was really one of the good ones!!— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 31, 2018
Pat Riley statement on the passing of Rasual Butler (cont'd 3/3)— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 31, 2018
"Our compassion, empathy and hearts go out to their family and loved ones. We pray and know that with the grace, mercy and light of The Lord, Rasual and Leah will Rest In Peace."