The New England Patriots are still asking questions about Super Bowl LII. Or, at least, we’re all still asking questions about some of the Patriots decisions in Super Bowl LII. Most notably, why did Malcolm Butler end up sitting out the entire Super Bowl, save for a lone special-teams play.
Former Patriots player Brandon Browner revealed in , and rumblings around Minneapolis indicate it might have been a curfew problem for Butler as well.
As it turns out, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, it was basically “a perfect storm” of things from start to finish for Butler in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
“There are several factors that led Malcolm Butler, one of the team’s top defensive players, to not be on the field for the Super Bowl,” Rapoport explained. “Among those: he showed up a day later than teammates because he was sick. Remember he was not at Opening Night, that was a factor. I’m also told that during practice this week, he really struggled, had a rough week of practice. Perhaps because of illness, but maybe because of … other things. That was one thing they had to consider in putting Eric Rowe out there instead of him. I’m also told there were also disciplinary issues. There was a small or minor violation of team rules that happened earlier in the week. Then there’s some attitudes, frustrations as well.