Caron Butler is no longer permitted to drink Mountain Dew. How much Mountain Dew did he used to drink, you're wondering?
"A lot," he said. "Before every game at Connecticut, I drank a two-liter of Mountain Dew. I'm dead serious. Ask my wife what she would have to go get me before a game. I'd be like, 'Hey, stop by the 7-11, bring me a two-liter.' "
I had prefaced my Mountain Dew inquiry by saying I had a stupid question, but now the serious beat writers got interested. Two liters of oh-so-sweet highly caffeinated neon-yellow liquid hyperactivity, really?
"Yeah, I'd be wired," Butler confirmed. "I'd drink half [before the game], and then I'd drink half at halftime. Because, you know, it shoots you up. And then there's a down, and you're flat-lining, and you've got to go back up again. That's what I've been doing, but they don't want me to drink it any more. They done took my Mountain Dew from me."
Outrageous. Someone call Billy Hunter. The ban went into effect about two months ago. Not sure if anyone's been paying attention, but Butler is in the midst of a career, if less-artificially-flavored, season. Coincidence? No way. Still, he didn't seem too happy about the ban. He demonstrated the gravity of the situation, asking a team employee for a Mountain Dew. She told him that wasn't allowed, and offered him a water instead as media persons laughed.
"Y'all think this is just a game; it's dead serious," he said. "I've got six refrigerators in the house. I used to have Mountain Dews filled in all of them. I don't have A Mountain Dew in my refrigerator no more. It's crazy, man. Pretty soon they'll say I can't chew my straws any more."