Jimmy Butler wore an offensive t-shirt about a year ago — offensive for its contents, not just because it looks like something a tween would buy at Hot Topic and Jimmy Butler is 22 — but since he made pals with Miley Cyrus it started circulating again and now he’s had to apologize. Yes, this is what happens in the NBA in 2013.

The t-shirt apology, as per Butler’s Twitter feed:

In regards to the picture that is circulating… It was early last year and the shirt simply matched my shoes. In no way do I support the message written on the shirt. I sincerely apologize to any of my fans who may have been offended. Much love, JB.

Ah yes, the classic “my shirt matched my shoes” defense. Sure, it opens up questions like “If you don’t support the message on the shirt then why did you buy it?” and “As a grownup, why did you buy that shirt at all?” and “I thought you were a country music fan, but you’re wearing a bad rap shirt?,” but it’s still a solid defense, especially in this post-swag NBA world we’re living in. I mean, looking fly comes first in the NBA these days, so it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that a Lil’ Boosie hair-alike would shoutout a fellow Louisiana rapper.

Then again, there is an easier way to avoiding these sort of hijinks. And that would be to pick different shoes. Yeah, I know you’re thinking he should just have just not bought the shirt — because look at it — but since he already has it, if he skips over his “Pussy, Women & Weed” shoes every time he’s picking out an outfit, he won’t ever have to apologize for this again. It’s simple logic, but it makes sense. Unlike the thought process behind buying that shirt.