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Jimmy Butler reacts to firestorm ignited by Joel Embiid chatter

Jimmy Butler recently ignited a firestorm by leaving a cryptic comment on an Instagram post from Joel Embiid, and the Miami Heat superstar jokingly shrugged off the controversy spawned by his antics on Monday night.

The drama all started when Embiid shared said Instagram post in response to backlash from his shushing Philadelphia 76ers fans during Sunday’s home-court win over the Chicago Bulls.

In it, Embiid dropped a line from the film “The Dark Knight,” writing, “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

Butler, who played for the Sixers last season before landing with the Heat in a sign-and-trade deal in July, reacted to his former teammate’s social media dispatch by intimating a “villain” like Embiid would be welcomed in South Beach.

Asked about the situation after Monday’s 113-101 road win over the Golden State Warriors — incidentally Andre Iguodala’s first game against his former team — Butler acknowledged his comments but seemingly sidestepped ratcheting up the rhetoric any further.

“Bad guys rule! Ain’t that right?!,” Butler said, per Ethan Strauss of The Athletic.

If there’s one thing Butler knows all about it’s being perceived as a bad guy or villain. Having essentially forced his way off the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves before becoming something of a distraction last season with the 76ers, it’s a role Butler obviously relishes playing.

While all that’s in the past, it certainly appears that the Heat enjoy having a player of Butler’s ilk on the roster, however.

The social media exchanges between Butler and Embiid are arguably nothing more than some amusing interplay between two former teammates. Having said that, Butler would be wise to not engage in such chatter any further, lest he run afoul of the NBA’s tampering rules.