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NFLPA Investigating Patriots for Potential CBA Violation With Malcolm Butler

The Patriots are under another investigation for potentially violating the CBA.

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This exciting New England Patriots off-season keeps getting better. Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler has been held out of practice for the past three weeks for showing late, which is a pretty standard punishment for Bill Belichick. The issue is that the Patriots have withheld Butler from voluntary workouts, unlike the mandatory practices Belichick typically punishes for absences.

This is a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Precedence implies that teams found in violation will be punished with a loss of practice time, which means that the Patriots will probably lose their draft picks until the year 2027. Butler seems to be handling the punishment well. The issue is that there shouldn't have been any punishment at all.

Of course, fifteen teams are currently under investigation for breaking camp rules. I guarantee that this Butler story will get far more air time.