Bill Belichick refuses to address benching Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl

  • Belichick still mum on controversial benching of cornerback
  • Butler played one snap in Super Bowl after featuring all year
  • Coach not dwelling on Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick refused to address his controversial benching of Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl LII in his first news conference of training camp on Wednesday morning, saying he was only focused on the season ahead.

Belichick rebuffed no less than a half-dozen questions from the same reporter on the inexplicable decision to limit the involvement of Butler, the standout cornerback who played just one uneventful special teams snap during the team’s 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after playing in all 16 regular-season games and the Patriots’ first two playoff games – or 97.8% of the Patriots’ defensive snaps all year.

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