Malcolm Butler was never given a reason for Super Bowl benching

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One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Patriots right now is why Malcolm Butler was benched for Super Bowl LII.

Now that Butler is a member of the Tennessee Titans, many thought they'd finally get the real story. But it turns out Butler is just as clueless as the rest of us.


"I never got a reason," Butler said. "I feel like this was the reason: I got kind of sick. I went to the hospital. They probably thought I was kind of late on the game plan. I wasn't as locked in as I should be and could have been a matchup deal. It could have been anything.

"But Bill Belichick has been doing this for a very long time. He took a veteran out of Super Bowl XLIX [against the Seahawks] and put in a first-year rookie, and that turned out right, so you could never question his decision. It didn't work out right [against the Eagles]. It didn't work out the best for me or him or the New England Patriots. But I can say he won more than he lost, so it is what it is. I always have love for New England, Bill Belichick, Mr. Kraft, all those guys. Life just goes on."

Since the Super Bowl, Butler has had nothing but good things to say about the Patriots, especially Tom Brady, whom he's spoken to on numerous occasions since that game.

With all of this in mind, it's unlikely we'll ever find out the real reason Butler was benched, leaving fans to speculate for years to come.

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