Butler took to social media Tuesday to refute reports about why he did not play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
After the game, Butler was short with reporters, saying that the team "gave up" on him. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia would not reveal the details behind the benching.
Butler, 27, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. He played nearly 98 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps in 2017.
The defensive back was spotted crying during the national anthem, after learning he would not be playing.
"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," Butler wrote on social media. "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 the 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 any of the ridiculous activities being reported. They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family. Although I wish 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!"
Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Elandon Roberts, Harvey Langi, Cody Hollister, Vincent Valentine, Martellus Bennett, Marcus Cannon, Jacoby Brissett, Justin Coleman, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Browner, Jimmy Garoppolo, Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, Dion Lewis, James White, Eric Rowe, Shaq Mason, Don't'a Hightower, Marquis Flowers, Brandon King, Jamie Collins and Rob Ninkovich all liked Butler's post.
"Love you Malcolm," Brady commented on Instagram. "You are an incredible player and teammate and friend. Always!!!!!"
Butler is a free agent this offseason.