ATLANTA – Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman said he has received death threats on social media following his infamous success in the NFC Championship victory over the New Orleans Saints.
With 1 minute and 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Robey-Coleman leveled Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis with a helmet-to-helmet hit that was an obvious interference in the defensive pbad, but the officials could not throw a flag on the play. If the referees had pointed out a penalty, the Saints would probably have secured the regulation victory, but the Rams won the game in overtime and advanced to Super Bowl LIII.
Speaking at the opening night of the Super Bowl at State Farm Arena, Robey-Coleman said in a moment after the game that he received more than 3,000 direct messages on Instagram, more than 1,000 messages on Facebook and more than 500 messages on Snapchat. Among those messages were "all kinds of threats".
"I can not even look at my phone right now," said Robey-Coleman. "I just look at my phone, like, right now my phone is crazy."
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Robey-Coleman, who has admitted that his stroke should have been a penalty, said several times Monday that the official error was beyond his control.
"The arbitrators did not make a call, and I can not do anything about it," he said at one point.
"I do not make the calls," he said on another occasion. "We've gone from that as a team, I've stopped doing it personally, so when I see things on social media, I just ignore it and keep pushing."
Robey-Coleman's Super Bowl media night was dominated by questions about the uncalled and his recent comments about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. In a Bleacher Report profile released on Monday, Robey-Coleman said "age has definitely taken its toll" on Brady, but said that on Monday night those comments were "taken out of context."
Between the reaction to the non-call, the fine he received from the NFL and the response to his comments about Brady, Robey-Coleman said he is trying to avoid distractions while he and the Rams prepare for the Super Bowl.
Robey-Coleman is fully aware of how Saints fans feel about him after the NFC Championship play. He said he has never taken a vacation in New Orleans, and he certainly will not now.
"If I wanted to, I could not do it anyway," he said.
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