Michigan State CB Josh Butler will miss Ohio State game for father’s funeral

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Michigan State cornerback Josh Butler will miss the Spartans’ matchup with Ohio State this Saturday to attend his father’s funeral. Butler’s father, Steven Butler, died unexpectedly on Nov. 4.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio announced that Butler, a Mesquite, Texas native, would miss the Week 11 game on Tuesday. Butler has been at home for the last few days, but was returning to East Lansing on Tuesday to “get things squared away” before returning to the Dallas suburb, Dantonio said.

“Josh is hanging in there. I talked with him this morning. He’s coming back (Tuesday), this evening, and then he’ll be here for a couple days to get things squared away, and then he’ll go back down,” Dantonio said. “The funeral’s on Saturday, so he’ll miss the game. So it’s been difficult. He is basically the person that’s in charge of going to the funeral home, doing the different things that have to be done — which you can imagine at that age, at 20 years old, how difficult that must be.

“So I know he appreciates the outpouring of support from people across Spartan nation, and he’s OK. He’s doing OK. I think it’s a day-to-day thing for him, obviously a very, very difficult situation, and our prayers are with him.”

Butler shared a message on Twitter early Sunday morning after his father’s death.

The Michigan State community, including players, parents and fans, have helped Bulter and his family with donations to a GoFundMe page set up to pay for Steven Butler’s funeral. The GoFundMe had raised nearly $7,500 as of early Tuesday afternoon.


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