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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 28: Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Los Angeles Rams answers questions during Super Bowl LIII Opening Night at State Farm Arena. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 28: Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Los Angeles Rams answers questions during Super Bowl LIII Opening Night at State Farm Arena. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman has strongly backtracked his comments on Tom Brady and the Patriots, claiming his words were taken out of context. In fact, Robey-Coleman is feeling a little disrespected himself.

Come again?

For the uninitiated, the Rams slot corner went right at Brady and the Patriots, among other targets, in a jaw-dropping new interview with Bleacher Report that featured some of the most scorching-hot bulletin board material you could ever put together for the Pats. Saying that age “has definitely taken a toll” on Brady is on the low end of the most inflammatory things he said.

It was mere hours after the story came out that Robey-Coleman took to Twitter to claim he didn’t really mean it.

Apparently, the comments already got to Brady, who declined to add anything to the discussion.

Facing throngs of reporters and cameras on Monday at Super Bowl Opening Night in Atlanta, Robey-Coleman got several more chances to explain his comments, apologize, take them back, whatever. He did essentially take it back, but somehow managed to make himself sound like something of a victim in this case.

“I could never talk about somebody that’s like the sensei of football,” said Robey-Coleman (via Zack Cox). “Can’t talk about the sensei of football. It’s a respect level. I feel a little bit disrespected that people think I would disrespect Tom Brady. I’ve got nothing but respect. I’m a class act when it comes to that.”

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter to the game itself whether Robey-Coleman atones for his comments or not. He hurt his own cause more than the Rams or any other individual. All he did was create distractions for himself ahead of the Super Bowl, and he has no one but himself to blame for that.

Matt Dolloff is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.