Malcolm Butler issues statement on Twitter, denies 'false' reports
New England Patriots star Malcolm Butler said he "never attended any concert, missed curfew, or participated (in) any of the ridiculous activities being reported" leading up to Super Bowl LII.
"They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family," Butler noted on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon.
Butler was benched for most of the Super Bowl. He only made one brief appearance on the field.
Reports claim that Butler, who appeared to be crying during the National Anthem ahead of the big game, missed curfew, as well as went to a Rick Ross concert. Other reports noted that he had been caught in possession of marijuana.
"During my four-year career with (the) Patriots, I have always given it everything I have to play at a high level, and would never do anything to hurt my teams' changes of winning a game, including this year's Super Bowl, where I visited with my family every night," Butler wrote on social media.
He continued, "Although I wish I could have contributed more to help my team win, I have to get ready for the next opportunity. Moving forward, I will do what I have always done to work hard, and prepare for next season to be the best I can be on and off the field."
Butler also thanked fans and expressed gratitude for their support. He went on to say that he is sorry for offending anyone.
"Finally, I want to apologize to any(one) offended by language reported immediately after the game during a very emotional time. It was out of character for me and my character…I can't wait for the 2018 season to get here," he wrote. "I will be ready!"
Meanwhile, Patriots coach Bill Belichick refused to divulge why he benched Butler, only saying, "there are a lot of things that go into that."
The Patriots suffered a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.