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Mark Wahlberg Agrees to Produce Movie About Caron Butler's Life

SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Caron Butler #31 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 13, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2016

Actor Mark Wahlberg will help produce a movie based on the life of Sacramento Kings forward Caron Butler.

"I wanted to tell my story because I'm living proof that it is possible to overcome adversity and make a better life for yourself and your family," Butler said in a press release Tuesday. "The response from the book was overwhelming and when someone like [Wahlberg] tells you that your life could be a movie, you listen."

The film will be based on Butler's memoir, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, which hit stores in October. Last week, he posted an Instagram photo after signing over the movie rights for the book:

The 35-year-old native of Racine, Wisconsin, sold crack cocaine as a child, and before he turned 15, he had been arrested 15 times, per Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. Last February, Fox Sports Live aired a brief documentary detailing Butler's troubled past:

After Butler spent two years with the Connecticut Huskies, the Miami Heat selected him 10th overall in the 2002 draft. He has gone on to spend 14 years in the NBA with nine different teams. He was named an All-Star in 2007 and 2008 while playing for the Washington Wizards.  

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