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Malcolm Butler denies missing any curfews during Super Bowl week, Tom Brady likes, comments on post

Scott McLaughlin
February 06, 2018 - 4:31 pm

Malcolm Butler has broken his silence. In a statement released on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, the Patriots cornerback who was controversially benched in Super Bowl LII denied rumors that he attended a concert and/or missed a curfew during Super Bowl week, saying he was with his family every night leading up to Sunday's game.

"During my four year career with Patriots I have always given it everything I have to play at a high level, and would never do anything to hurt my teams' (sic) chances of winning a game, including this year's Super Bowl where I visited with my family every night," Butler said. "During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew, or participated (in) any of the ridiculous activities being reported. They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family. Although I wish I could have contributed more to help my team win, I have to get ready for the next opportunity."

Butler's statement seems to line up with Kirk Minihane's report from Monday afternoon that Butler's benching was not a discipline issue.

Butler does not touch on what, if any, explanation he was given for being benched. He does, however, thank "Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, and my coaches for giving me an opportunity to play for one of the most successful organizations in sports."

You can read Butler's full statement below.

UPDATE: Tom Brady liked and commented on Butler's post on Instagram, saying, "Love you Malcolm. You are an incredible player and teammate and friend. Always!!!!!!"

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