New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick just barely survived a surprising Twitter feud with Chad Johnson, the NFL player who was released by the New England Patriots after a couple of drunken tweets he sent on Thanksgiving. Last night, Johnson tweeted his thanks to the Patriots, but it was followed by a message that raised some eyebrows.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was not happy when his team was criticized following their loss to the New York Jets. The Patriots are known for their trash talking and Twitter action, but that didn’t stop Belichick from fining a player for tweeting that they lost to Chad Johnson.
Football fans around the world know that it’s not easy for players to play under Bill Belichick for the New England Patriots. He’s known for his Patriot Way, which led to six Super Bowl titles, but he also seemed pretty demanding. In fact, Belichick has some restrictions on social media as part of that demanding culture, and he even once punished a former Patriots player for a tweet he had sent to former Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Johnson. So who was the player? Belichick punished former Patriots quarterback and 2009 second-round draft pick Darius Butler.
Darius Butler played for the Patriots, Panthers and Colts
After his success at the University of Connecticut, Butler joined Belichick and the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. His time in New England, however, did not end well. Butler threw three interceptions in his first season, but none in his second year in 2010. He also threw just 23 interceptions that season, which led to his transfer to the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Butler spent one year with the Panthers, but then found refuge with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 and played there through the 2017 season. He ended up throwing three or more interceptions in three of his six years with the Colts and had four interceptions in 2012 and 2013. Butler also threw 55 interceptions during the 2013 season. In total, Butler has thrown 334 interceptions and 15 picks in his career.
Bill Belichick punished Darius Butler for a tweet he sent to Chad Johnson
Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game on the 24th. January 2016. | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Butler appeared on episode of The Pat McAfee Showon the 7th. of June, where he, McAfee and AJ Hawk discussed Floyd Mayweather’s recent fight against Logan Paul, as well as the undercard fight against Chad Johnson. Johnson fought Brian Maxwell on June 6 and made an impressive debut. But because there was no jury, there was no official winner either. Speaking of Johnson, Butler recalled Belichick punishing him for tweeting a receiver. I was a sophomore, Devin McCourty was a ninth-grader, and we played against him and [Terrell Owens], Butler said of the game between the Patriots and Bengals in 2010. He said [on Twitter]: Oh, you’re kidding me twice. And I am: Dude, nobody has passed you in two or three years, and then Belichick showed me the full expression after Saturday’s practice. As you might expect, Belichick was not pleased. So I was penalized for detrimental behavior when I talked about the game plan in typical Bill OG fashion, Butler said. In the end, the Patriots beat the Bengals 38-24, and Butler said they didn’t really put two men on Johnson. Still, OchoSinco had a great game, passing 12 times for 159 yards and a touchdown. As the Patriots won, it all ended well, but Butler wasn’t the only player to place restrictions on Belichick on social media. Over the years, Belichick has made his distaste for social media clear. Bill had some rules when it came down to it, former Patriots receiver Julian Edelman told Green Light With Chris Long, according to an earlier Sportscasting article. I remember him talking about MyFace, SpaceBook and… SnapFace. The future Hall of Fame coach also has restrictions on what players can and cannot post. He had certain rules about what could be done, Edelman said, according to the Sportscasting article. You can’t have anything in the facility. While Butler’s fine seems ridiculous, he’s not the only Patriots player who needs to be careful about what he posts on social media. Perhaps that explains why Tom Brady has become such an attractive figure on Twitter and other platforms since leaving New England. The Patriots’ method has certainly been successful, but it may not be the only one. statistics provided by Pro Football Reference COMPARED TO: Lawrence Taylor talks about his anger when Bill Belichick became his defensive coordinator and says he cursed Bill Parcells