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Patriots CB Malcolm Butler Releases Statement

Tom Brady screaming during an NFL game.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 12: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts as he runs on the field prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on December 12, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

Malcolm Butler weighed in.

A major controversy developed during the Super Bowl as Patriots corner Malcolm Butler remained benched for the duration of the game. Head coach Bill Belichick was criticized heavily for the move.

Earlier today we began to learn why the Patriots benched Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl. More details behind the reasoning for his benching have surfaced.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported late Monday night that it wasn't strictly a "football" decision, as Bill Belichick said after the game. Rapoport reported that Butler had a bad week of practice after being sick.

The NFL Network reported also said Butler broke a team rule.Other reports said he missed curfew at some point during Super Bowl week.

Butler is a free agent after this season. It looks like his time in New England may be at an end.

On Tuesday afternoon, Butler addressed the controversy. He also spoke about his time with the Patriots.

Butler refutes the report that he missed a curfew. "During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew, or participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported."

Is this Butler's goodbye to New England? Or will the Patriots re-sign the corner?