Malcolm Butler’s ex-teammate hints that weed, curfew led to benching
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February 5, 2018 | 6:07pm
Ex-Patriot roasts Bill Belichick over bizarre decision
Malcolm Butler’s defender is back with a more scandalous version of his story.
Butler’s former Patriots teammate, Brandon Browner, followed up his social media post ripping Bill Belichick for benching the cornerback in their Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles with another making vague reference to Butler’s recent disciplinary history.
In the edited Instagram video, Browner alludes to Belichick’s reasoning Monday that “a lot of things” went into the decision, suggesting marijuana possession and breaking curfew were two factors that kept Butler out of the game. Browner, who was on the field for Butler’s late interception that sealed the Patriots’ win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, also shares insight into Belichick’s disciplinary system, which he says offers players “second chances” unless they’re not a “favorite.”
“For weed? For curfew? Man, do y’all history,” Browner says in the video. “Patriots [are] a team that give guys second chances. I know players that they used to let [their] wives sleep in the bed with them on away games. I ain’t gonna say no names.
“Like every job, there’s always favorites, and lil’ bro wasn’t a favorite. He was a favorite for us for what he can do, but … it probably felt like they can use him, like he was a pawn, a piece of this game.”
Browner walked back his comments in a separate Instagram post Tuesday, saying since he’s no longer on the Patriots, he didn’t “know what [Butler] was doing.”
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“I appreciate the question, but it would be a much longer discussion,” Belichick said Monday. “There are a lot of things that go into that. In the end, the final decision is what I said it was.”
The multitude of factors Belichick referenced can be translated into a build-up of issues Butler raised in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, according to NFL Network. The veteran was reportedly dealing with an illness, a mistake-filled week of practice and disciplinary incidents, including a minor rules violation related to curfew.
Still, Browner blamed Belichick for believing his offense, behind Tom Brady’s Super Bowl-record 505 yards passing and three touchdowns, could earn him his sixth Lombardi Trophy.
“Bill seen that look in Toms eyes last night and thought we can win without our role players. Tom played the greatest game last [night] in super bowl history (statistically),” Browner wrote in the Instagram caption. “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.”
Butler, who said he felt the Patriots “gave up” on him, is expected to move on from New England as a free agent this offseason. The 27-year-old finished the season fourth on the team in tackles (60) and tied for second in interceptions (2).
Malcolm Butler’s defender is back with a more scandalous version of his story. Butler’s former Patriots teammate, Brandon Browner, followed up his…