Malcolm Butler roiled by Super Bowl benching as Patriots defense collapses


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MINNEAPOLIS – New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler rapidly dressed in all black and tried to get out of the locker room as swiftly as possible.

He had just been benched in New England’s stunning 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, driving him to tears on the sideline before the game.

“I ain’t got nothing to say,” Butler said before slinging his backpack over his shoulder and walking out of the stadium.

Later, however, he told ESPN: “They gave up on me” and “I could have changed that game.”

Counting the postseason, Butler started 17 games. On Sunday, he did not play one defensive snap. Patriots coach Bill Belichick later said it was not a disciplinary decision.

“He could’ve helped us,” Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore said. “Maybe.”

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