MVP Win Butler Gets Cut Off During Political Speech At NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

Peter Helman | February 13, 2016 - 10:38 am

Win Butler led Team Canada (coached by Drake) to a 74-64 victory over Team USA (coached by Kevin Hart) in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game last night. Butler did well last year, and he did even better this year, scoring 15 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, and being named MVP. During his acceptance speech, as The Guardian reports, he got cut off by ESPN’s Sage Steele mid-sentence when he starting talking about American politics and healthcare. Watch a clip and check out the full transcript of his speech below.

Win Butler: I’ve lived in the great city of Montreal for 15 years. I’ve represented Montreal. If you guys want to fast-track my Canadian citizenship, hopefully this will help make me a permanent resident. I just want to say that I’m retiring as a celebrity right now, so I will not be eligible for the celebrity game next year. I’m retiring as a celebrity. We brought this home for Canada. Respect to Drake. Respect to Team Canada.

Sage Steele: You know Kevin Hart has said he’s retired for 10 years and he keeps coming back so I feel like they’d welcome you back. Congratulations.

Win Butler: Thank you, I just want to say that it’s an election year in the US — [cue ESPN bumper music] — the US has a lot they can learn from Canada: healthcare, taking care of people, and I think…

Sage Steele: So we’re talking about celebrity stuff, not politics. Congratulations on your MVP!

Butler had some fun with the media afterwards.

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Couldn't have done it without my trainer

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(That’s director Spike Jonze as his “trainer.”)