Malcolm Butler on benching: 'They gave up on me'

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A former Super Bowl hero did not start Super Bowl LII for the Patriots.

Butler saw some playing time on special teams, but that was the extent of his playing time as Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe and Johnson Bademosi saw almost all the playing time at corner for the Patriots. He simply made a coach's decision to keep Butler off the field. The cornerback added, "They gave up on me. F-". "I know Malcolm wants to be out there".

"They gave up on me".

"I ain't Miss Cleo, so I can't tell the future", Butler told Reiss. After appearing in 11 regular season games during his rookie year, he went on to make one of the all-time memorable Super Bowl moments, intercepting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on the goal line to seal another Lombardi Trophy for the Patriots. However, the Patriots' coaching staff never deployed Butler on defense, opting only to use him as part of the special teams against Philadelphia. He wasn't on the team's final injury report. "So it kind of turned out that way with the game and the way it went and some of the situations that came up, that's just the way it went".

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"I ain't got nothing to say", Butler said in the Patriots locker room. It is striking that the Patriots have gone to depth cornerback Johnson Bademosi on some downs before using Butler. Everybody works hard to play this game.

In the post game press conference, Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia reiterated that it was a football decision and had nothing to do with illness or any disciplinary situation.

"We put the best, the players out there and the game plan out there that we thought would be the best tonight like we always do", Belichick said.

Butler was visibly emotional during the national anthem and was crying on the sideline. "I feel for [Butler]".

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