Malcolm Butler back on the field, but not adding much on suspension

AP

Malcolm Butler was back on the practice field today, after being banished from voluntary practices for missing a flight.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots cornerback said he’s actually been practicing all this week, so his actual total of missed practices was six.

Reporters were only allowed into one practice per week, so the normal level of roll-calling isn’t possible during OTAs as during training camps and the like.

While that doesn’t sound nearly as dramatic as a ban of nearly three weeks, it’s still an unusual punishment, one which has drawn the scrutiny of the players union.

But Butler did his best to downplay Bill Belichick’s decision.

I’m really not going to get into that,” he said, via WEEI. “I have no comment on that.”

He continued to lift weights and watch film and do all the other stuff players do during OTAs, just spent two weeks off the practice field for the voluntary work.

“Most definitely. You take anything from somebody that loves something, it was tough,” Butler said. “But, you know, it is what it is. Just continue to grind, get mental reps and that’s all you can do.”

That, and show up on time.

36 responses to “Malcolm Butler back on the field, but not adding much on suspension

  1. Hey, remember that time the Patriots beat the Panthers in the Superbowl? That was awesome, wasn’t it?

  2. Well, as long as Malcolm keeps working hard, this will just reinforce his strength of character. Everyone makes mistakes, and he has the opportunity to learn from it and move on.

    Perhaps also Belichick was hard on Malcolm knowing he needed to see as much as he could from the other new corners anyway.

  3. Nothing wrong here, just a coach keeping order in his locker room.

    If you have a problem with this, than you just hate the Pats blindly and can’t see past your own subjectivity.

  4. Let’s see his flight is cancelled by the airline due to weather and Belichick suspends him for 3 weeks? And he is your ONLY CB since you released the rest. attitude of a born cheater

  5. I seem to remember Bill Parcells coaching the Cowboys and having a player ask the media “how many more of these voluntary workouts do I have to show up to?” Turned out the answer for him was none because Bill cut him; for the bottom half of any NFL roster these are not voluntary especially on a team as competitive as the Patriots. You might as well make them mandatory and have built in “no team contact” periods during the year except for players with injuries or other issues.

  6. This is nothing new. Belichick has sent players home for being late because of a blizzard. Late means late in his world.

    Malcolm knew the rules and should have flown in a few days earlier. One weather delay should not have been enough to make him late for practice.

  7. misleading….

    If he were “banished” he would have been told to go home.

    As you stated, he was in fact able to do all of the things that players do during OTAs, film study, meetings, workouts, etc., with the SOLE EXCEPTION of doing the on-field no pads drills.

  8. butwhatabouttheintegrityofthegame says:
    Jun 11, 2015 2:42 PM
    The witch hunt continues and is expanding!

    What’s next on the chopping block? It’s against the rule for teams named the patriots to win games?

    ————————–

    No but it is against the rules to punish a player for missing a voluntary OTA, because it clearly says so in the CBA. There’s no question here that the Patriots again violated the rules. Is it a big deal? No, not at all and a small fine will suffice, but the issue is again that the Pats think they’re above the rules.

    But keep pushing those conspiracy theories that the NFL is out to get one of the most successful teams and QBs in league history. We all know it would be good for business for the NFL to make its most successful team look like cheaters and in turn destroy the integrity of the game right?

    Delusional Pats fans.

  9. …Butler is being a professional…plus he’s already etched his leagacy in NFL folklore with that awesome INT…..why tarnish it by whinning about a little penality.

  10. butwhatabouttheintegrityofthegame says:
    Jun 11, 2015 2:42 PM
    The witch hunt continues and is expanding!

    What’s next on the chopping block? It’s against the rule for teams named the patriots to win games?

    ————————–

    No but it is against the rules to punish a player for missing a voluntary OTA, because it clearly says so in the CBA. There’s no question here that the Patriots again violated the rules. Is it a big deal? No, not at all and a small fine will suffice, but the issue is again that the Pats think they’re above the rules.

    But keep pushing those conspiracy theories that the NFL is out to get one of the most successful teams and QBs in league history. We all know it would be good for business for the NFL to make its most successful team look like cheaters and in turn destroy the integrity of the game right?

    Delusional Pats fans.

    ————
    No where in the CBA is a player guaranteed reps if they show up late.

    I think you’re jealousy is showing.

  11. How did they break the rules? He was in the weight room, he was in the film room he was in the meeting room. They did not allow him step on field? That is it? They did not ban him from the facility? Jesus christ read the CBA rule.

  12. Best part of all of this is I had no idea who Malcom Butler was until reading some of your comments.

    Never imagined I would care less about the true MVP of a super bowl, but just shows what cheating does to a reputation.

  13. Nothing wrong here, just a coach keeping order in his locker room.

    If you have a problem with this, than you just hate the Pats blindly and can’t see past your own subjectivity.
    ——

    Come on. He was suspended for missing a supposedly voluntary practice. This sends a clear message that the voluntary practice is not voluntary at all. This is a direct violation of the collective bargaining agreement. Incidentally, I also find it to be unfair and harsh, because it was beyond his control.

  14. Why do the patriots expect the players to follow their rules, but they consistently break league rules?

    They don’t. It’s just catnip for the feeble minded.

  15. Greatest play in the history of the NFL. The play that actually won the game. Pats Dynasty.Brady not going to miss any games after he sues the NFL. Can’t wait to see all the Goodell backers when he is fired.

  16. Remember when Jonas was late, right have having the game of his life? Benched !

    Remember when Revis was sent home?

    Sounds like BB is just being consistent with “no one will be late on this team” mantra.

  17. Voluntary OTA’s make as much sense as that dopey 3 day negotiating period BEFORE free agency! NFL doesn’t enforce that but it’s a good bet Belichick is called into the league office and leaves lighter in the wallet and a couple more draft picks lost. The witch hunt will never end. Goodell and the NFL league office are criminal in their behavior. And yes, I know the union was the one bitchin bout Butler but rest assured now that Goodell has got a whiff of fresh blood that shark is in the water, circling.

  18. Now I know how it felt to be a Raiders fan in the glory days of Al Davis and “just win baby!” It feels like……..VICTORY! I don’t ever want it to end. Watching the feeble and weak tremble at the feet of Belichick is freaking awesome!

  19. Show up on time and do your job. No special treatment.

    This is why they’re the defending SuperBowl Champions.

    I know everyone here can’t stand hearing it. I love it.

    The defending Superbowl 49 Champion New England Patriots.

    Read these words and cry. 🙂

  20. NFL rule, missing voluntary OTAs, no punishment. Patriot rules, suspension. Even when they aren’t cheating they still can’t follow simple rules.

  21. Suspended is just a word used by the media for hype. He wasn’t suspended. He participated in OTA’s. He just wasn’t allowed on the practice field. Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Chandler Jones, Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga, Alan Branch, Sebastian Vollmer and Matthew Slater all appeared to be missing from the workout. According to your logic they must all be suspended. Just because you showup to OTA doesn’t mean it’s mandatory that Belichick must play them on the practice field. Discipline is just as important for a player to learn as anything else.

  22. Malcolm – We appreciate your key role in helping to win the Super Bowl. However, this is a great opportunity to reinforce the Patriot Way. You didn’t plan well enough and didn’t make it back in time. That might be accepted at 31 other teams but at New England we are the elite and we expect more.
    The burden of being the very best is that it also brings higher expectations. Bill Belichick understands this burden. That is why he is simply the greatest coach in NFL history.
    Just kiss the rings…

  23. imodan says:
    Jun 11, 2015 7:00 PM
    Now I know how it felt to be a Raiders fan in the glory days of Al Davis and “just win baby!” It feels like……..VICTORY! I don’t ever want it to end. Watching the feeble and weak tremble at the feet of Belichick is freaking awesome!
    —————————————–

    Remember that time when the patriots**** where the beneficiaries of the most ridiculous call in the history of the NFL ? You know! The one they deleted from the rule books years after the fact.
    What was that like, being the NFL’s favorite sons ?
    For like… years and years.
    Al Davis never knew what that was like.
    NOW you’re getting a taste of what Al was familiar with – but that part before… Not so much.

  24. you guys would kill to have Bill Belichick as your coach. I see it is all the same haters trolling the Patriots…what a great way to start the day…knowing we are in your heads.

  25. Darelle needs to grow up and be a man. his uncle calls the shots for him financially, and his mommy goes to pick up his ring. i am sure his sister does his laundry for him.

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