It was one of the hardest days of Malcolm Butler’s life, and he just wants move past it.
We’re obviously thinking of Butler’s mysterious benching in Super Bowl LII. The star cornerback, lost in a range of emotions, was comforted by his high school football coach, Alonzo Stevens.
“Sometimes we gotta sit back when we really feel like lashing out,” Stevens told Butler. “If it weren’t for (Patriots) coach (Bill) Belichick, it wouldn’t have been a Malcolm.”
Butler knew he was right.
“Oh, you right, Coach. You know, Coach, you always got that right word,” Butler said.
The 28-year-old left the Patriots in free agency, signing a five-year, $61 million contract with the Tennessee Titans. Even though Butler has been working on turning the page from his final game as a member of the Pats, the infamous benching continues to be brought up time and time again. So, he offered his own theory to what might have led to him being on the sidelines for New England’s Super Bowl loss.
“You know Bill Belichick is a great coach and he makes good decisions,” Butler said. “We all make good decisions. We make bad decisions. Obviously, it didn’t work out good for me, him or the New England Patriots organization. But he called the shots man, so I mean, it is what it is, man.”
“I’ll just say,” Butler continued,“preparation is the best way to win. And you know, maybe, you know, they didn’t see 100 percent, mentally or physically, Malcolm Butler that they are used to seeing.”
While the actual reason behind Bill Belichick’s decision might never be discovered, Malcolm isn’t going to forget about it and even plans on using it as motivation:
“I’m very fueled. I’ve always been this way, but I have a little extra gas in the tank,” he said.