Why was Malcolm Butler benched for Super Bowl 52?
That is a question that the New England Patriots coaching staff refuses to answer, but one that continues to linger over the heads of everyone left stunned by the team’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis.
Butler was a starter for the Patriots all season and a former Super Bowl hero.
But when it came time for kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, Butler could be seen fighting back tears on the sideline. Then when the first-team defense took the field, Butler was nowhere to be found. He would not play a defensive snap for the entire game.
They mystery surrounding his benching may never be solved, but Brandon Browner, a former New England Patriots cornerback who won a Super Bowl with the team, the benching had something to do with marijuana.
“He not the first to get caught with weed,” Browner wrote in the caption.
You can listen to the full video below:
He not the first to get caught with weed, 🤷🏾♂️, curfew also meant we are not allowed to have guest especially women. I’ve ate chicken(Popeyes) in the room with a player and his wife after curfew. Bill seen that look in Toms eyes last night and thought we can win without our role players. Tom played the greatest game last name in super bowl history (statistically). But when you do wrong, nothing good can come out of that. Tom did everything he could do last night. Tom Brady was the goat last night. Malcolm’s presence was missed and felt last night. #facts 👑
We may never know the real reason for Butler’s benching, but if it was something of this nature that led to the Patriots keeping arguably their best defender on the sideline for the biggest game of the year, it could be a tough pill to swallow for the New England fans.