Off the Record (OTR)

Butler says he didn’t miss curfew

There were quite a few surprises last Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl 41-33. First of all, the outcome was a surprise to many, but not all. The line was the Patriots -4.5 so plenty of people expected the Patriots to get that sixth ring.

But, there were more surprises as well, so if you were betting on football prop bets, there was some money to be made.

What wasn’t shocked by Doug Pederson’s call of the “Philly Special” on fourth down at the one-yard line towards the end of the first half? That play will go down in the annuls of Super Bowl history for sure. And who wasn’t surprised by an undrafted rookie free agent running back leading the Eagles in receiving with 100 yards and a touchdown in Corey Clement?

But, the biggest surprise has to be the benching of Malcolm Butler. You’ll remember him from such plays as picking off Russell Wilson to secure a victory for the Patriots back in 2014. He’s been with the team for four years and led the defense in snaps this year. Then, we find out right as the game starts that he’s not playing on defense. As the game wore on, he played one special teams snap. That was it.

Rumors circulated that it was due to a missed curfew and/or some weed issues. I have no clue whether any of that is true or not and Bill Belichick ain’t sayin’ squat as usual.

Butler, however, took to Twitter to say the rumors are garbage, he never missed any curfews or “participated any of the ridiculous activities being reported.”

You can read his whole statement here.

Regardless of the facts of the case, I think it’s clear that Butler is finished with the Patriots. He’s scheduled to become a free agent in March, and it wouldn’t appear that the team wants to keep him. I’m not sure what happened, but it had to be pretty egregious to get benched in the biggest game of the year.

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