Orlando Scandrick is backing way off his previous statements about ex-fiancee Draya Michele ... telling TMZ Sports although the wedding is off, he still loves the 'Basketball Wives' star.
We broke the story ... Scandrick announced the end of his engagement to Draya this past Monday ... taking a parting shot on his the way out the door ... calling his proposal a "poor decision."
Now Scandrick tells us the statements he made were impulsive, and wants everyone to know that he still cares for the reality star ... even though things didn't work out.
"I want to apologize for my original statement. I let my emotions fly impulsively. Draya is a great mother, works hard and I wish her nothing but the best. I still love her."
As for some of the rumors that came out surrounding the end of the relationship -- like Draya buying her own ring or rumblings of infidelity -- Orlando told us, that's all BS.
"I purchased the ring. I proposed. There was no cheating involved, we just couldn't make it work."