Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler issued a lengthy statement via Twitter on Tuesday. He denied, among other things, missing a team curfew and attending a concert during Super Bowl week.
You can read the full Malcolm Butler statement below:
— Malcolm CB Butler (@Mac_BZ) February 6, 2018
"During my four year career with Patriots I have always given it everything I have to play at a high level, and would never do anything to hurt my team's chances of winning a game, including this year's Super Bowl where I visited with my family every night," Butler's statement reads in part. "During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew, or participated any of the ridiculous activities being reported. They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family."
Butler also thanked Patriots owner Robert Kraft and "my coaches" for getting the opportunity to play for the Patriots over the first four years of his career.
He also posted his statement on Instagram. Tom Brady was among the over 20,000 accounts who "liked" the post within minutes of its publishing.
Liked by Tom Brady!? ???? pic.twitter.com/eoxCAIAScU
— Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff) February 6, 2018
Multiple reports have emerged on Butler since the Patriots' loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, during which Bill Belichick sat the cornerback for all but one special teams snap. NBC Sports Boston's Mike Giardi told Toucher & Rich on Tuesday that not only was there "definitely" a curfew violation, but that some of Butler's teammates were upset about it.
UPDATE: Brady also commented with the following on Butler's Instagram post: "Love you Malcolm. You are an incredible player and teammate and friend. Always!!!!!!!"