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Patriots CB Malcolm Butler issues statement about his inactivity for Super Bowl LII; Tom Brady responds

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He disputes the reports.

Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles Vs New England Patriots At US Bank Stadium Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler issued a statement concerning the rumors surrounding his inactivity for Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. The full text is below.

“I want to thank Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, and my coaches for giving me an opportunity to play for one of the most successful organizations in sports. I also thank my teammates, as we have won a lot of games together, and all I know is winning! I have always respected everyone at the New England Patriots organization from Custodians, staff and Coach Belichick.

“In each of my Four years we have achieved Conference Championships or Super Bowl victories since I arrived in New England> All of this would not be possible without thanking some of the best fans in the world who have supported me from day one and, always let me know how much they appreciated me here in New England. 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 teams’ chances of winning a game, including this year’s Super Bowl where I visited with my family every night. During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew, or participated in any of the ridiculous activities being reported. They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family. Although I wish I could have contributed more to help my team win, I have to get ready for the next opportunity. Moving forward I will do what I have always done to work hard, and prepare for next season to be the best I can be on and off the field.’

“Finally, I want to apologize to any offended by language reported immediately after the game during a very emotional time. It was out of character for me and my character, and heart with Gods’ help is what got me to where I am today. I can’t wait for the 2018 season to get here. I will be ready!”

There are currently rumors that Butler missed curfew, was caught with marijuana, and yelled at his coaches ahead of the game and Butler disputes these allegations.

UPDATE: 15 current or former Patriots have liked the Instagram post. Tom Brady's account has even commented on it:

Love you Malcolm. You are an incredible player and teammate and friend. Always!!!!!!