Pat Riley Says He Didn’t Call Tom Thibodeau ‘Motherf–ker’ in Jimmy Butler Talks
Miami Heat president Pat Riley talks to reporters during an NBA basketball news conference, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Miami. The Heat will raise O'Neal's No. 32 banner to the rafters. He will be the third Heat player to get such an honor, joining only Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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Miami Heat President Pat Riley has denied using an expletive to describe Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau while the two discussed a potential Jimmy Butler trade.

As to what has been reported in the past 24 hours, I have too much respect for Tom Thibodeau and all that he’s accomplished in this league,” Riley said in a statement through the Heat’s official Twitter account. “Our conversations have been nothing but cordial and I have never used that kind of language in negotiations, but I do admit to telling Danny Ainge to…”

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