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'Hello, This Isn't Jimmy Butler,' Evanston Man Says Again And Again

(CBS) Former Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler gave his phone number out on national television Thursday. What could possibly go wrong?

"If you want an interview, there you have it," Butler said in disclosing his digits.

He got calls. The newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Butler has been bombarded after he invited anyone to call who had a complaint about him.

Enter Michael Byrne.

The Evanston man's own phone number is just one digit off from the one Butler gave out, and calls are flooding into his phone too.

"Hello, this isn't Jimmy Butler," he said Thursday, taking a call.

Byrne says he's gotten hundreds of calls and text messages meant for Butler.

"One guy wanted to play darts and have a drink together," he tells CBS 2. "If I'm ever in Minneapolis, I guess I have a lot of offers."

Byrne says he's called the Wolves office to complain. Because he's looking for work, he says, he can't just turn off his phone.



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