Super Bowl legend Macolm Butler arrested for drunk driving

 March 27, 2024

Football legend Malcolm Butler has fallen far from glory.

The 34-year-old former Super Bowl hero was charged with driving drunk in Rhode Island this month and even told police, "Just take me to jail." 

At least he was honest.

Police found Butler's White Mercedes Benz blocking traffic late at night on a road in North Providence on Saturday, March 16.

Super Bowl legend arrested

His breath reeked of alcohol, he was "sweating profusely" and he exhibited "extremely slurred and delayed speech along with severely bloodshot watery eyes."

In this state of intoxication, Butler told police that he had just come from a recording studio in Providence where he was making music. The football star had announced his retirement earlier this month, teasing new projects including a book.

"I am retired," Butler told KPRC 2. "I did the best I can do. Walking away from the game feeling comfortable. Everybody can do more, but I'm satisfied with my career. It's time to move on and transition."

Police in North Providence said Butler refused field sobriety tests and told police "Just take me to jail." The police did just that, but he refused a breathalyzer at the station.

Butler is due in court Thursday to face charges of drunk driving, refusing a chemical test, and stopping at a prohibited intersection.

Butler faces arraignment Thursday

His lawyer, former Democratic Rhode Island House Speaker John B. Harwood, wants the charges dismissed, arguing his constitutional rights were violated by police.

"I think when they stopped him he wasn't driving," Harwood told WPRI-TV. "He was off the road, and that he wasn't driving tells me at least he was being responsible."

Butler, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, played four seasons with the Patriots and three with the Tennessee Titans. He announced his retirement in March, although he hasn't played since 2020 after an injury ended his return to the Patriots in 2022.

The former Patriots cornerback earned his place in history with a heroic, game-winning interception against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

"Without him," former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said in an Apple TV documentary, "We don't win that Super Bowl. That was, in my view, one of the greatest plays in the history of any Super Bowl. It was so spectacular."

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