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Malcolm Butler Reacts To Getting Benched In The Super Bowl

A photo of the back of Malcolm Butler's jersey.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots reacts in the fourth quarter during the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Here's what New England's starting cornerback had to say.

The story of Super Bowl 52, from a Patriots' perspective at least, is Malcolm Butler. New England's starting cornerback was benched.

Butler stood on the sideline all game as Philadelphia's passing offense torched the Patriots' secondary. Nick Foles threw for more than 350 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Bill Belichick said at halftime that it was a "coaching decision." He was asked again about the decision after the game.

New England's head coach said it was strictly a football decision. There was no un-reported disciplinary aspect.

Butler, unsurprisingly, was pretty upset. He didn't want to talk about it.

"You guys waiting on (starting Patriots CBs) Rowe or Gilmore? I ain't got nothing to say," he told reporters.


Butler is set to be a free agent this offseason. It's probably safe to say that he won't be back.