Nickell Robey-Coleman's refusal to own Brady disses makes him even bigger joke

Alex Reimer
January 29, 2019 - 10:59 am

Nickell Robey-Coleman played one of the lamest tricks in the book: he said a bunch of stupid things to a reporter, and then instead of taking responsibility for his words, claimed he was misquoted. 

At Opening Night Monday, Coleman said he doesn’t understand why people think he spoke ill of Tom Brady. “At this point, I feel a little disrespected that people think I would disrespect Tom Brady,” the Rams cornerback told the khaki pant-wearing assembled media masses, including our own Rob Bradford

Gee, where would people get such a crazy idea from? Maybe it’s because Robey-Coleman lambasted Brady to Bleacher Report, saying TB12 is starting to play like an old man. 

“Age has definitely taken a toll (on Brady),” Robey-Coleman said to Tyler Dunne. “For him to still be doing it, that's a great compliment for him. But I think that he's definitely not the same quarterback he was," Robey-Coleman says. "Movement. Speed. Velocity. Arm strength. He still can sling it, but he's not slinging it as much. Whatever he was doing—because of his age and all that—he's not doing as much of that anymore. He's still doing the same things; he's just not doing as much of it. And sometimes, it's not the sharpest. But it still gets done.”

It’s hard to be more blunt than saying “age has definitely taken a toll” on Brady. 

And yet, Robey-Coleman insists he was taken out of context, because Brady is the “sensei of football,” and you can lambast the sensei of football, unless, of course, you’re speaking to Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report. 

"I’ve got nothing but respect for their team so it was just something that was taken out of context so that’s what I did today, I cleaned up the air from all the rumors and how the story was created,” Robey-Coleman said in his futile defense Monday. "Me talking about his age was taken out of context.”

If Robey-Coleman has “nothing but respect” for the Patriots, he has an interesting way of showing it. He described in graphic detail how he would like to kill –– yes, he used that word –– the arrogant Pats.

"Stick a dagger in them. They're not a team that you want to play around with. Stick the dagger in them and don't leave it in them! Take it out!" Robey-Coleman said after pulling out his knife, per Bleacher Report. “And let them leak. Let them leak slow. Put the dagger in them, pull it out, and let them leak slow. Just kill 'em slowly. That's how you do them.”

Since the Rams assigned a PR guy to stand beside Robey-Coleman Monday, it’s fair to assume the brash corner was admonished for his braggadocio, and told to retract his insane comments. But blaming the media is weak. Say you were still riled up from getting away with the most blatant pass interference in NFL history and felt invincible. The disses are already out there, so you might as well own them.

If Brady lights up Robey-Coleman on Sunday, nobody will laugh at Dunne for allegedly misquoting him. The joke will be on him. His sorry attempt to deflect blame is as obvious as his helmet-first hit on Saints wideout Tommy LeeLewis. But this time, he’s getting called on it.