What punishment will ex-Patriots CB Malcolm Butler receive following DUI arrest?

Malcolm Butler’s NFL journey is an underdog tale, marked by a defining moment etched in football history. After bouncing from one team to another, the cornerback has recently announced his retirement. The ex-NFL cornerback, now residing in Houston, contemplates a new chapter pursuing stand-up comedy and chronicling his gridiron exploits in a book.

However, Butler’s recent legal issues, such as a DUI charge in Rhode Island, have cast shadows over his post-football plans. He now faces scrutiny of it, prompting speculation about potential repercussions.

What will be Malcolm Butler’s punishment for DUI?

Malcolm Butler was arrested early on a Saturday morning. He faces charges of DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test, according to North Providence Police Chief Alfredo Ruggiero Jr.

Rhode Island imposes strict penalties for DUI offenses. A first-time offender could face up to a year in jail, fines ranging from $100 to $500, and a license suspension of up to 18 months. Besides that, refusing a breath test can result in fines between $200 and $500, along with community service hours ranging from 10 to 60.

Butler’s encounter with law enforcement occurred when a North Providence officer noticed a white Mercedes-Benz blocking traffic on Mineral Spring Avenue at 3:22 a.m. He was allegedly exhibiting signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol, before apprehended by the police, via Daily Mail.

However, the ex-NFL star’s legal counsel, former Rhode Island House Speaker John Harwood, has moved to dismiss or suppress the charges. He asserted violations of the footballer’s constitutional rights under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and 14th Amendments.

“I think when they stopped him he wasn’t driving. He was off the road, and that he wasn’t driving tells me at least he was being responsible”, John Harwood said.

Butler’s case is scheduled for a hearing this Thursday, where the court will determine the appropriate course of action.

Looking back at Malcolm Butler’s NFL career

Malcolm Butler was undrafted in 2014, but he defied the odds by not only making the New England Patriots roster but also etching his name in Super Bowl folklore. He recorded a game-saving interception against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. The play saw the veteran expertly read the pass of Russell Wilson, who recently signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Butler’s interception of Wilson at the goal line secured the Patriots’ victory.

Butler’s tenure with the Patriots also played a crucial role in their Super Bowl LI victory. However, his time in New England came to an end after the Patriots’ loss in the subsequent Super Bowl.

Malcolm Butler
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The veteran transitioned to the Tennessee Titans, and continued to showcase his talents. But his tenure was shorter than expected as he was released after three seasons.

Following a brief retirement and stints with the Arizona Cardinals and Patriots, he continued to pursue his NFL dream. The Pats placed him on injured reserve in mid-August before releasing him nine days later. He tried to make a comeback later via a workout with the Miami Dolphins. He also worked out with the Atlanta Falcons but neither of them resulted in a contract. The football prodigy finished his career with 406 tackles, 17 interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 82 passes defended.


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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.


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