Tom Brady has Malcolm Butler’s back.
After the New England Patriots cornerback, who was benched during the team’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, released a statement Tuesday where he refuted rumors of alleged team rules violations before the Super Bowl, Brady gave a vote of support his teammate via a comment on Butler’s Instagram post.
Brady also gave the statement the thumbs up, as did several other current and former Patriots.
Bill Belichick’s puzzling decision to leave his star cornerback on the bench and been criticized by former Patriots Rob Ninkovich, Brandon Browner and Ty Law, and the decision reportedly “divided” the Patriots’ locker room.
Butler is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it’s almost a certainty he will not be calling Gillette Stadium home for the 2018 season much to the chagrin of Brady.