The reasons behind Malcolm Butler’s benching in Super Bowl LII may never be revealed, and yet, the decision is still making headlines.
Since then, Butler has moved on from Foxboro and signed a five-year, $61 million deal with the Tennessee Titans. Along with his two Super Bowl rings, Butler is also bringing a little extra fuel as a result of (or thanks to) the benching.
“Most definitely,” Butler answered when asked if the Super Bowl benching gives him extra motivation going forward. “I’m very fueled, and I’ve always been this way, but I’ve a little extra gas in the tank.”
However, as the cornerback embarks on the next chapter of his NFL career, he revealed that there is no ill will toward his former head coach or the organization.
Even more so, it has been reported that Belichick called Butler following his signing with the Titans and thanked him for his contributions during his time in New England.
“No bad blood between me and Bill Belichick,” Butler said. “One of the greatest coaches ever and I care about him, I know he care about me. And this a hurtful game sometimes and it can look different than what it is. But that’s my guy. … I got a lot of respect for him.”
Rumors swirled around in search of a potential reason behind the benching, with some speculating that it could have been a curfew violation or Butler allegedly attending a Rick Ross concert during Super Bowl week. The corner later denied all of those ‘accusations’ in an emotional statement he released in the aftermath of Super Bowl LII.
“It was real tough,” Butler said. “Most the time I’m not gonna say anything, I’m just gonna chill, play football. I usually just swallow my L or take whatever the treatment dealt, whatever the situation. But it was getting out of hand. I had to say something.”
Although, Butler himself also came up with his own theory that maybe the coaches were not getting the best vibe from their corner in the days leading up to the game.
“This the biggest game of the year, so you gotta shoot your best gun or your best shot,” Butler said. “Preparation is the best way to win. And maybe they didn’t see 100 percent, mentally or physically, Malcolm Butler that they usually see.”
The Patriots head down to Nashville to face Butler and the Titans in Week 9 and we can’t wait to see the game!