Caron Butler was entrusted his nickname ‘Tuff Juice’ by his former NBA coach, Eddie Jordan, calling his forward a tough player who was committed to play with high intensity and passion.
Butler had a tough childhood, finding himself dealing drugs at the age of 12 to make money. When he was 15, he was sent to a juvenile correctional facility after police had arrested him for possession of drugs and a gun. Butler then decided that he needed to change his life and make positive choices like enrolling in school and pursing his love of basketball.
Butler told his life story in his biography, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA. Film producer Mark Wahlberg after reading the book decided that he was keen to make a movie about Butler’s life.
Butler had a habit of chewing straws and reportedly chewed through 12 plastic straws per game. Because of Butler the NBA actually banned straw chewing in 2010, citing it as a safety hazard and concern that kids would emulate the habit.