Malcolm Butler says he never got a reason for Super Bowl 52 benching

Greater than a month after Super Bowl 52, Malcolm Butler nonetheless does not have closure.

After agreeing to a cope with the Titans this week, the previous Patriots cornerback opened up about his controversial benching and stated he never got a reason for why he did not play within the Super Bowl towards the Eagles.

“I never got a reason,” Butler advised the Boston Herald. “I really feel like this was the reason: I got type of sick. I went to the hospital. They in all probability thought I used to be type of late on the sport plan; I wasn’t as locked in as I ought to be and will have been a matchup deal. It might have been something. However Invoice Belichick has been doing this for a very very long time.

“He took a veteran out of Super Bowl XLIX (towards the Seahawks) and put in a first-yr rookie, and that turned out proper, so you can never query his choice. It didn’t work out proper (towards the Eagles). It didn’t work out the perfect for me or him or the New England Patriots. However I can say he gained greater than he misplaced, so it’s what it’s. I all the time have love for New England, Invoice Belichick, Mr. Kraft, all these guys. Life simply goes on.”

Whereas Butler hasn’t spoken with Patriots coach Invoice Belichick because the Super Bowl, he has no arduous emotions towards his former workforce.

“I’ll all the time have love for New England,” Butler stated. “From the custodians to Belichick, all the best way to Mr. Kraft, I really like these guys, my teammates. I like every little thing about New England, particularly the followers. These followers, they actually had love for me they usually nonetheless do. I’ll all the time keep in mind the place I got here from, and I never might overlook.”

Butler stated the Patriots “gave up on me” in an emotional confession after the sport however later issued a assertion thanking the group and disputing rumors about why he did not play.