One day after the devastating Super Bowl LII loss New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler spoke to ESPN about his team, saying “They gave up on me. It is what it is.”
My understanding is the benching of #Patriots CB Malcolm Butler happened because of a perfect storm of issues: Sickness, a rough week of practice, and a minor rule violation believed to be related to curfew. A complicated matter. pic.twitter.com/TmUJgkHpsZ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 5, 2018
But is that all there is?
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has not spoken out in great detail about why he chose to bench Butler but defended his decision on Sunday by saying “We put the players and game plan out there that we thought would be the best like we always do.”
Monday morning, at a final press conference with the media Belichick again defended his decision but still kept it broad by saying,
“I respect Malcolm’s competitiveness, and I’m sure that he felt like he could have helped, and I’m sure other players felt the same way. In the end, we have to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team, and that’s what we did, that’s what I did.”
Tuesday, the second day following the Patriots Super Bowl LII defeat and speculation into those broad disciplinary issues are only gaining more attention.
Former teammate, Brandon Browner took to social media to defend Butler revealing the Patriots cornerstone defensive player was benched due to team violations involving marijuana and women.
He not the first to get caught with weed, 🤷🏾♂️, curfew also meant we are not allowed to have guest especially women. I’ve ate chicken(Popeyes) in the room with a player and his wife after curfew. Bill seen that look in Toms eyes last night and thought we can win without our role players. Tom played the greatest game last name in super bowl history (statistically). But when you do wrong, nothing good can come out of that. Tom did everything he could do last night. Tom Brady was the goat last night. Malcolm’s presence was missed and felt last night. #facts 👑
He added that the Patriots is a team who give players “second chances” but only to those who are “favorites” of Belichick.
This story will be updated once more information is available.