Former Patriot Brandon Browner: Malcolm Butler Was Benched in the Super Bowl Due to Weed and Women

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Given Patriot cornerback Malcolm Butler’s relatively recent Super Bowl heroics, one would think that having him play in Super Bowl LII would have been a no-brainer.

However, Butler’s head coach Bill Belichick, saw it differently.

When questioned about his decision to not play Butler, Belichick told ESPN, “I appreciate the question, but it would be a much longer discussion. There are a lot of things that go into that. In the end, the final decision is what I said it was.”

For his part, Butler said, “They gave up on me. F—. It is what it is,” Butler told ESPN. “I don’t know what it was. I guess I wasn’t playing good or they didn’t feel comfortable. I don’t know. But I could have changed that game.”

According to, the Patriots benched Butler due to a “perfect storm” of events:

That’s certainly a storm of events, but is that storm just a bit too “perfect” to be true? Butler’s former teammate Brandon Browner seems to think so. In an Instagram post, Browner said, “he not the first to get caught with weed. … Curfew also meant we are not allowed to have guest especially women.”

Browner continued to say that some players on the Patriots are given “second chances.” But those second chances are reserved for players who are “favorites” of Belichick:

Nor did Browner stop there, remarking in another post that the decision to bench Butler had divided the team before the game:

Browner followed that up with a shot at Belichick:

While it’s unknown whether Butler could have prevented the Patriots from losing, he did play on 98% of New England’s defensive snaps during the regular season. Given that, it’s clear that Butler was viewed as being one of the best defenders the Patriots had.