By Henry McKenna
New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler released a statement on Tuesday after Bill Belichick benched him in Super Bowl LII.
In the statement, Butler directly addressed a report that he missed curfew by attending a Rick Ross concert during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. NFL Media reported Butler’s missed curfew contributed to his benching on Sunday.
“During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew or participated in any ridiculous activities being reported,” Butler wrote Tuesday. “They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family.”
In the note, Butler explains he has “always respected” Belichick. Butler, who is a pending free agent, thanked the Kraft family for his “opportunity to play for one of the most successful organizations in sports.”
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