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Butler says he wanted to confront Belichick and Patricia

Butler says he wanted to confront Belichick and Patricia

The Malcolm Butler mystery gets curiouser and curiouser with the release of an episode of the Sports Illustrated and Amazon mini-documentary series "SI: Under The Cover"  that focuses on the former Patriots cornerback's free agency. 

Butler said while he stood on the sideline during the Super Bowl - benched for still fully unexplained reasons - he wanted to ask Bill Belichick or Matt Patricia for an explanation, but just "stayed in my lane."

“There was times when I was on the sideline and I just wanted to go up and say to Belichick or Matt Patricia and just say, ‘Is this how we’re gonna end this?’ I grew up in the Patriots system and I’m a man of God. I respect my authority and I just couldn’t ask them for something they didn’t want to do. I just was doing my job. I was close to going up there and saying what I wanted to say to Matt or Belichick, but I just stayed in my lane and just did my job. And I really wanted to go ask him, but I didn’t,” Butler said.

Butler, who wound up signing a five-year, $61 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, speculated about a different Super Bowl outcome if he had played. 

“Would we have won if I played? Probably. Maybe. I’m not sure,” he said.  “But I would say we were short about one or two plays, and I’ve seen a couple plays out there I could’ve made.”

Here's a trailer for the episode via SI:

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Ex-Patriot Ricky Jean-Francois signing with Lions

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Ex-Patriot Ricky Jean-Francois signing with Lions

Former Patriots defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois is signing with the Lions, according to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports.

The 31-year-old had six tackles in six games for the Patriots in 2017. He'll reunite with ex-Patriots defensive coordinator and now Lions head coach Matt Patricia in Detroit.

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics injuries mount, Butler and Patricia reunited in Detroit?

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics injuries mount, Butler and Patricia reunited in Detroit?

1:22 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins Early Edition with Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek to discuss the multiple Celtics injuries that are plaguing the team, especially Marcus Smart's thumb and Kyrie Irving's knee tendinitis.

6:32 - Tanguay, Mike Giardi, and Paul Perillo talk about the possibility of a reunion between Matt Patricia and Malcolm Butler in Detroit and if we could get more information about why Butler was benched in the Super Bowl.

9:36 - Michael Holley, A. Sherrod Blakely, and Kyle Draper discuss excerpts from Ray Allen's new book about some behind-the-scenes drama involving Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Garnett.

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