Brady was among a number of current and former Patriots players who liked Butler’s post on Instagram. However, the star Patriots quarterback also posted a supportive comment from his own verified Instagram account.
“Love you Malcolm,” he wrote. “You are an incredible player and teammate and friend. Always!!!!!!”
Tom Brady liked and commented Malcolm Butler’s Instagram post: “Love you Malcolm. You are an incredible player and teammate and friend. Always!!!!!!” pic.twitter.com/Xe4EI9PrTg
— Boston.com Patriots News (@BDCPatriots) February 6, 2018
In his statement Tuesday, Butler denied reports that he missed curfew or engaged in any “ridiculous activities” during Super Bowl week, for which some reports have attributed the decision for his puzzling benching in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. The 24-year-old, who will be a free agent this offseason, also thanked the Patriots organization for the opportunity to be a part of four successful seasons with the team.
Brady was among the six Patriots team captains who were reportedly aware before the game that Butler would be sidelined, though it’s unclear at what point they were informed of the still yet-to-be-explained decision.