ATLANTA — At N.F.L. media nights, a very powerful stars talk at podiums, and this 12 months was no completely totally different. When the Los Angeles Rams took the bottom, quarterback Jared Goff, working once more Todd Gurley II and Coach Sean McVay drew massive crowds.
But cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman drew equally large crowds. A week up to now, Robey-Coleman was a former undrafted free agent ending his sixth season. Now, he wished media minders to keep up reporters from digging too deeply into a play which could have altered the Super Bowl.
That bought right here inside the N.F.C. Championship Game in New Orleans, the place he drilled Saints huge receiver Tommylee Lewis sooner than he could get in place to catch a cross from Drew Brees.
No flag was thrown for cross interference or helmet-to-helmet contact. The Saints went on to kick a self-discipline intention, nevertheless left ample time on the clock for the Rams to tie the game and ship it into further time, as soon as they in the end obtained, 26-23.
The game-changing play has been a recreation changer for Robey-Coleman. He said he had obtained fairly a few demise threats, and his social media accounts have been overwhelmed with hate mail from indignant Saints followers.
“Right now, my phone is crazy,” Robey-Coleman said. “Like my brother said, a lot of people probably had money on the game.”
Robey-Coleman said he’s obtained higher than 3,000 direct messages on Instagram, higher than 1,000 messages on Facebook and 500 messages on Snapchat.
“I got threats here and there, but nothing to dwell on,” he said. “All types of threats, death threats.”
The non-call led Saints proprietor Gayle Benson to say the workforce had been “unfairly deprived” of a probability to realize the Super Bowl. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy criticized the N.F.L. on the Senate flooring all through a authorities shutdown.
Other than the top official speaking to a pool reporter after the game, the N.F.L. has said nothing regarding the non-call on the play, or the events which have adopted.
The league, though, all nevertheless admitted a penalty should have been known as when, on Friday, it fined Robey-Coleman $26,739 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Lewis.
Robey-Coleman said, ”We moved on from it as a workforce, and I moved on personally.” Indeed, his fellow defensive once more Marcus Peters refused to answer questions on officiating or the non-call.
But Robey-Coleman hasn’t made it easier on himself, or his teammates. He said Saturday that the ball Brees threw to Lewis was tipped, suggesting that Lewis could not have caught the cross it doesn’t matter what Robey-Coleman did.
To compound points, he said that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had slowed with age, suggestions which is able to give the Patriots additional motivation.
“Whatever he was doing – because of his age and all that – he’s not doing as much of that anymore,” he suggested Bleacher Report. “He’s still doing the same things; he’s just not doing as much of it.”
On Monday, Robey-Coleman said the suggestions about Brady’s age had been taken out of context, and that he has a lot of respect for him. Brady declined to comment.