Patriots fans finished Super Bowl LII scratching their heads at Bill Belichick’s decision to not play the team’s best defensive player, Malcolm Butler, a single defensive play during the game.
‘I ain’t got nothing to say,” the cornerback said post game.”They gave up on me. F—. It is what it is.”
It appears as if we have our first official word on what exactly held Butler out, courtesy of NFL Network,s Ian Rapoport.
My understanding is the benching of #Patriots CB Malcolm Butler happened because of a perfect storm of issues: Sickness, a rough week of practice, and a minor rule violation believed to be related to curfew. A complicated matter. pic.twitter.com/TmUJgkHpsZ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 5, 2018