Tom Brady comments on Malcolm Butler’s Instagram post, draws much attention

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Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler shared a statement on social media Tuesday that said, among other things, that he has always given everything he has to perform at a high level and that he never broke curfew or engaged in “ridiculous activities” before being benched in the Super Bowl.

That post got a lot of attention on Twitter and Instagram from fans, media and Butler’s teammates and peers in the NFL. Several players, including Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, linebacker Elandon Roberts and tackle Marcus Cannon, liked the post on Instagram and one prominent one also added a comment.

Quarterback Tom Brady shared some words with Butler that have been shared far and wide on social media since they were posted.

“Love you Malcolm! You are an incredible teammate and player and friend. Always!” Brady wrote.

People comment on social media posts for all sorts of reasons and Butler’s entire message had the feel of a farewell address to New England with free agency on the horizon next month. That may mean Brady is just saying bye to someone he’s shared the last four years with in New England.

With WEEI radio host Kirk Minihane reporting that head coach Bill Belichick’s decision to bench Butler proved to be divisive in the locker room, which will make it tempting for some to draw line behind online shows of support for Butler and feelings about that decision. Unless anyone decides to do more than hit a heart with their thumb, that will be just speculation albeit feverish speculation given the gravity of the moment when Belichick’s decision was made.

42 responses to “Tom Brady comments on Malcolm Butler’s Instagram post, draws much attention

  1. “Love you Malcolm! You are and incredible teammate and player and friend. Always!”

    Brady is always about being positive and taking the high road. It is amazing to see how many are taking these words to somehow be a shot against Belichick.

  2. It has now became clearer that Tom Brady is now a distraction in NE. You have to wonder if it would be better for the team to cut him and move on. If Jimmy G was still in NE, I think they actually would have won that game. It’s just that the team right now is in serious disarray.

  3. Football is a complex game filled with rules. So is Coaching. The rules apply to everyone, and anybody that thinks they are above the rules should be benched. The coach JUST made a perfectly clear statement to his team. I am the Coach, you are the player, If you don’t believe you need to follow the rules, you will not play, PERIOD!
    Good job coach B.
    You wonder why they win so much especially since they’ve picked nearly last in every draft the past 15 years gives credit to that. Too bad more coached don’t follow his rule.
    I am NOT a Patriots fan.

  4. Lol, not a Patriots fan, but so many good teams and good QBs will never even smell a SB appearance, let alone a SB trophy. Do you think that Bress, Rodgers, or even Big Ben will ever go to the SB again? BB and Brady have made an insane amount of SBs and most likely they will reach another one yet people is questioning the decision of one of the best coaches ever? Hilarious…

  5. RavensGunnerz…just having some fun today are you?

    SB LII was one of those rare instances where it became clear that even TB12 didn’t have anymore greatness to give to cover for shortfalls on defense or coaching staff. 500 yards passing. No punts. A QB issue this was not.

  6. “If Jimmy G was still in NE, I think they actually would have won that game. …” – RavenzGunnerz

    I do not like Brady. That said…this is an odd statement.

    Brady threw for 505yrds…I don’t think the Patriots ever punted…no ints…What exactly do you think Jimmy G would have produced?

  7. His statement says a lot. People keep implying Butler is lying in his Instagram post. If he did engage in activities that got himself benched I don’t think Brady would have acknowledged this post at all. Any of the players would have been too upset he had cost them a Super Bowl. Its a farewell and best wishes statement but what he said it not important its the fact that he chose to say anything at all that is. I think Brady replying is indirectly corroborating that Butler did nothing wrong and it truly was just a football decision by Belichick. That doesn’t mean he’s sticking it to Bill but just supporting Malcolm against the libel that has been posted all over the internet about why he didn’t play.

  8. Has there ever been such a brew ha over a worse player? Butler isn’t very good. He wouldn’t even start for most teams. PFF has him graded as the 51st best CB in the league for the 2017 season.

  9. bartpkelly says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    Brady threw for 505yrds…I don’t think the Patriots ever punted…no ints…What exactly do you think Jimmy G would have produced?
    ——————
    Maybe he wouldn’t have fumbled away the game?

  10. Ya know..Since the Pats lost the superbowl it seems that the players are making Bilicheck out to be Coach Bud Kilmer. Maybe he should retire.

  11. Would of been much better that the GOAT would of shacked the hand of winning QB Nick Foles. Not a single time has Brady done that when he has lost, only when he has won. That is a fact. He is the greatest QB to play the game, I admit that, but the dude is one sore loser.

  12. The Patriots are starting to crumble. Only thing left is for the truth to start leaking on Bellichicks cheating ways. #DynastyofCheating is coming to an end!

  13. RavenzGunnerz says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    It has now became clearer that Tom Brady is now a distraction in NE. You have to wonder if it would be better for the team to cut him and move on. If Jimmy G was still in NE, I think they actually would have won that game. It’s just that the team right now is in serious disarray.
    ——————————————
    In Colin Kaepernick’s last 6 games and Jimmy G’s, they have the same QBR with Kaep having more touchdowns and less interceptions. But Jimmy is the next big thing….hmmmmm

  14. The only justification I can see for not playing Butler would be if he were unable to play due to injury or illness. So, was Malcom listed on the final injury report? Bottom line: What’s “best for the football team” is giving the team the best shot at wining the biggest game on the biggest stage. Benching Butler for disciplinary reasons would, if true, make about as much sense to me as benching Belichick during Super Bowl XLII for the videotaping controversy during that 2007 season.

  15. When this surfaced my thought was what’s the big deal? Butler came off the bench to make his famous play and he’s considered a middle tier guy at best anyway right? Sick and a few years older, it doesn’t seem controversial to bench him. People are acting like he is Deion in his prime.

  16. I am all for the head coach being in charge and benching a player when needed. However, we are talking the Super Bowl here. Butler is not that great a player, but he is much better than that high schooler that replaced him. If it was that bad of an infraction, ok, but wow, I really think Butler could have changed the outcome. I think if I had been Belicheck, I would have gone for that 8th ring.

  17. bartpkelly says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I do not like Brady. That said…this is an odd statement.

    Brady threw for 505yrds…I don’t think the Patriots ever punted…no ints…What exactly do you think Jimmy G would have produced?
    ——————

    Catching that 3rd down pass?

  18. floriosbaldspot says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm
    The Patriots are starting to crumble. Only thing left is for the truth to start leaking on Bellichicks cheating ways. #DynastyofCheating is coming to an end!

    Yeah, because we don’t hear the EVERY offseason from the crybabies

  19. fofrenchy says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:14 pm
    Belichick has a done nothing in his career without Brady…less than .500 when anyone but Brady is his QB.

    Yeah that’s great
    And Bill Walsh was 8-24 before he had Montana

  20. billswillnevermove says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:11 pm
    Would of been much better that the GOAT would of shacked the hand of winning QB Nick Foles. Not a single time has Brady done that when he has lost, only when he has won. That is a fact. He is the greatest QB to play the game, I admit that, but the dude is one sore loser.

    dont ever shake hands with someone that beats you. women dont like that

  21. “Maybe he wouldn’t have fumbled away the game?”

    That one’s on the Oline that got torched that play. Doubt JimmyG or anyone else would have held onto the ball there.

    In the end the Eagles executed on a handful more plays than the Pats did. I give them credit for playing their hearts out they’re a great team.

    Would love to see Belichick retool the defense and have a Super Bowl rematch next year.

  22. rolf1015 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    “Love you Malcolm! You are and incredible teammate and player and friend. Always!”

    Brady is always about being positive and taking the high road.
    —————————————-

    Yeah, it’s just too bad he couldn’t show enough positivity and class to congratulate Foles and shake his hand after a well deserved Super Bowl win.
    But Hey, eye of the beholder, and all that.

  23. Belichick has a done nothing in his career without Brady

    Yeah, that winning a playoff game with Cleveland is nothing. Happens all the time.

  24. Would love to see Belichick retool the defense and have a Super Bowl rematch next year.
    =======
    Put Wentz in place of Foles and the Eagles score 70. You really wanna see that?

  25. csb47811 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:32 pm
    The Patriots are all anyone wants to talk about. Love’m or hate’m , just can’t get enough can ya’.
    =======
    Don’t you worry, a return to the Hugh Millen and Rod Rust days aren’t that far off. So are the days of what was it…16 blackouts in a row?

    Not that I’d expect most modern day Pat fans to even know who those guys are.

  26. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 6, 2018 at 7:01 pm
    Too bad Brady turned the ball over or we would be celebrating right now

    —-

    Why would you and your Jets buddies celebrate another Patriots win? Haven’t you had enough?

  27. forthegoodofthegame says:
    February 6, 2018 at 5:57 pm
    RavensGunnerz…just having some fun today are you?

    SB LII was one of those rare instances where it became clear that even TB12 didn’t have anymore greatness to give to cover for shortfalls on defense or coaching staff. 500 yards passing. No punts. A QB issue this was not.
    =====
    At no point in that game did he have “greatness”. Good game against a defense that didn’t show up. Nothing more. Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick have done this many times against similar incompetent opposition.

    I bet even Jimmy G could have hit Amendola in stride for that TD and he is not 41 years old. Too bad he is 3000 miles away eh?

  28. As much as I’m giving the Pat homers a reality check about Brady… who really cares whether he shakes Foles hand on TV. I don’t need to see that and if he didn’t so what.

    As if looking for validation from good ol’ Tommy is the first thing on Foles mind after he just won the Super Bowl.

  29. OH the soap opera continues in the Pat’s land. What a great two days it has been since they lost.

  30. Don’t you worry, a return to the Hugh Millen and Rod Rust days aren’t that far off. So are the days of what was it…16 blackouts in a row?

    Not that I’d expect most modern day Pat fans to even know who those guys are.

    Lame

    Is Kraft selling the team?

    Do do realize the Patriots have the best record in the NFL since 1994 not 2001

    Best win % of any team in all 4 major sports

    It all starts with the owner ship
    So has much as you crybabies (and yes you fall into that category since I’m now seeing you crying on EVERY Patriots related article)
    Think they will “suck “ like they did 26 years ago
    (Wich in itself is stupid to say)

    “Hey remember a quarter of a century ago when you guys weren’t very good “ that’s how stupid you sound.

    Maybe if you sit by your keyboard long enough you can say “I told you”
    But it still a long way off. Look for the Patriots to be competing for another SB next year.

  31. Each and every super bowl victory is huge. Just because the Patriots have five of them, doesn’t matter. Each one is still huge. Malcom Butler delivered one of those rings on a silver platter. His teammates won’t ever forget that. What Brady said is just a normal, heart felt response to an emotional situation. And it also shows that Brady isn’t afraid of the big, bad Wolf. Not the least bit. But it’s coming from his heart (the good side).

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