Patriots’ Malcolm Butler On Super Bowl Benching: ‘They Gave Up On Me’

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Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler

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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was benched and didn’t play a single defensive snap Sunday night in his team’s 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

Given his enormous talent, the decision certainly was a strange one.

UPDATE: Butler, after originally saying he had “nothing to say” about his Super Bowl benching, was much more candid speaking to ESPN reporters.

ORIGINAL STORY: Butler missed Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday with an illness, but he was active for the Super Bowl.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about Butler after the loss, and he said the benching was only for football reasons.

The Patriots defense was dominated all night long. Eric Rowe started over Butler at one of the cornerback spots and was beaten several times, including a 36-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Butler was asked about the benching, and he wasn’t in a talking mood.

Butler has struggled at times this season, but it’s hard to believe he didn’t play in this Super Bowl because of football reasons when guys like Rowe and Jordan Richards were being beat all game.

There’s probably more to this story, and now we have to wait to find out.

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