Malcolm Butler

Quick Slants Podcast: Even Jerod Mayo was confused on Belichick's decision to bench Malcolm Butler

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Quick Slants Podcast: Even Jerod Mayo was confused on Belichick's decision to bench Malcolm Butler

(2:00) Jerod Mayo joins Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran and discusses the Patriots not playing Malcolm Butler, and try to figure out the reasoning for dressing him.

(4:30) Jerod Mayo on how the benching of Butler had trickle down effects on the Patriots defense all game. 

(8:00) How much did the benching of Butler impact the focus of the locker room?

(13:00) Does Bill Belichick owe everyone an explanation?

(17:00) Jerod Mayo breaks down why the Patriots were so bad on defense in the Super Bowl

(26:00) Jerod Mayo and the crew react to the newest inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Tom Brady comments in support of Malcolm Butler

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Tom Brady comments in support of Malcolm Butler

Tom Brady just used six exclamation points in support of Malcolm Butler. Bill Belichick can't be happy!!!!!!

When Brady liked Malcolm Butler's post denying committing any infractions worthy of his Super Bowl benching, there was reason to not overreact. After all, Brady likes a ton of stuff posted by teammates. Maybe it was just a TB12 employee giving it what is essentially an automatic like. 

Then Brady commented on it. 

Love you Malcolm. You are an incredible player and teammate and friend. Always!!!!!!

This can only further speculation not only about why Belichick benched Butler, but whether Belichick's decision, as Brandon Browner put it, divided the locker room. 

Brady was hardly the only Patriot to show support for Butler. Among those to like the post were several past and present Patriots, including Jimmy Garoppolo.

Malcolm Butler says reports of missteps are wrong and hurtful

Malcolm Butler says reports of missteps are wrong and hurtful

Malcolm Butler shared a post on Twitter and Instagram Tuesday denying any wrongdoing in the lead-up to the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. Tom Brady was among the Patriots (past and present) to like it.

Butler was benched for all but one snap Sunday, staying on the sidelines even as the Eagles put up 41 points on a struggling Patriots defense. Since then, Bill Belichick has maintained Butler's benching was a football decision, while reports have emerged involving the player breaking curfew and smoking marijuana. 

Here’s the meat of Butler's post: 

[I] 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.

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 also apologized for using foul language when telling ESPN after the game that he felt the Patriots gave up on him. 

Among the players who liked the post in additon to Brady: Phillip Dorsett, Elandon Roberts, Harvey Langi, Cody Hollister, Vincent Valentine, Martellus Bennett, Marcus Cannon, Jacoby Brissett, Justin Coleman, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Browner, Jamie Collins, Rob Ninkovich . . . and Jimmy Garoppolo.