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.