BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.- Super Bowl winning cornerback Darrelle Revis has landed himself in hot water after an altercation in the wee hours of Sunday morning ended with two young men being knocked unconscious. Revis was charged with: two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy: aggravated assault, according to Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) court documents. He also was charged with making terroristic threats.
I have interviewed Revis at two very different venues: a golf course (video above) and an Italian restaurant (audio below). My impression of him? Cool, calm, and collected. He even pulled out the chair for me prior to interviewing him at the restaurant. For this, add chivalrous to the list of adjectives to describe him.
Of course, I’m a respectable and professional sports journalist… not a stalking, drunk hooligan leaving a bar at closing time, iPhone in hand. It is hard for me to believe that Revis would react in this way without being provoked. It is no secret he, an aging cornerback, had the worst season of his career in 2016. Perhaps the young men were heckling him? From what I have seen, there were two bars involved. Did the young men follow him from one to the other? Did the young men already talk with Revis inside the bar(s)? Did Revis already grant them a photograph inside the bar(s)? Apparently, even in the video, Revis repeatedly asks the young men: “Why are you following me?”.
After reading about this incident in the news, I scratch my head and think: what is the other side to this story- Revis’ side? No witness at the scene could place him as the person who threw the devastating punches, knocking each young man unconscious. Surveillance video from surrounding establishments will be needed to confirm or deny that allegation.
Even when Revis is walking through the parking lot to turn himself in, there is an autograph seeker waiting, then following him with a University of Pittsburgh helmet and sharpie in hand. It is safe to assume that the man did not receive an autograph from a sullen Revis. Then, there is the slandering of character by media outlet TMZ’s sports branch.
@TMZ_Sports that is NOT Darelle Revis’ voice.
— Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan) February 19, 2017
TMZ Sports obtained and posted a video taken of the unconscious young men of a man in the background yelling at the onlookers, asking if they want to “be next”. The only problem is: TMZ claimed it was Revis verbalizing those threats. I was the first to comment on the post, saying that was not the voice of the New York Jets defenseman. There are two clips of mine on this page. Compare them, yourself.
Future with the New York Jets
Revis’ next court date, which was supposed to be Thursday, February 23, has been postponed until March 15, 2017. Why is this significant? Revis is due to receive, on March 11, a two million dollar roster bonus. The Jets must decide what to do with Revis before he is charged or exonerated.
This entire incident is not enough to scare the New York Jets away from Revis. To speculate this is shameful and an attempt to lure a reader with click bait. The Jets have never balked at players with a criminal history. For example, the Jets were first to sign Plaxico Burress after he served 20 months in a NY prison after shooting himself in leg! The Jets retained Wayne Chrebet after he was charged with disorderly conduct outside Bamboo Bar in Seaside Heights (Chrebet pleaded guilty and was fined $230). The Jets even chose to retain Sheldon Richardson after he traveled 143 miles per hour and turned his headlights off to evade police … with a child in the backseat (strike 1). In a separate incident, after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy (strike 2), the Jets still retained Richardson, even after he resisted arrest for numerous traffic violations (strike 3).
In fact, the “Revis brawl” incident in Pennsylvania may be a sobering blessing in disguise for both sides. Perhaps they can reach a “gentleman’s agreement” where Revis would get to stay on the team and make his money, but would have to slide from cornerback to safety. Then, he could salvage the remaining years of his career as a contributor on the field as a safety and off the field as a mentor to a young (rookie?) cornerback. That would be a perfect scenario for the Jets, as well, for obvious reasons: they keep Revis, put him in a more productive role, and have a built-in mentor for a new, young player.
Backtrack- The Facts about the Incident:
– Incident: 2:43 a.m. ET Sunday, February 12, 2017 on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
– Two men, ages 21 and 22, told police that Revis punched them after a verbal argument. Witnesses said the two men were unconscious for approximately 10 minutes.
– Two young men are walking on a street after leaving a bar when they spotted someone who resembled Revis. One of them confronted Revis, who confirmed it was him. At that point, the 22-year-old began recording video on his cellphone and continued to follow Revis.
– At some point, Revis grabbed the cellphone and tried to delete the video, then threw it in the street.
– The 21 year old ran after the phone and an argument ensued.
– The two young men said they “were punched, then remember waking up to talk to police.”
– The 22 year old said: Revis “pushed him in the chest and told him to get out of his face.”
– A witness said Revis was walking with a friend. The same witness said he did not know whether Revis or the other man knocked out the young men. He told police, “I don’t know. It happened so fast.”
– Police said the video “shows Revis walking away from the group and the 22 year old following him, describing what Revis is wearing. The video then shows Revis standing in front of the White Eagle Bar, saying, ‘Why are you following me?’ several times before the video stops.”
– Revis has been released on non-monetary bond after turning himself in to police Friday night, a day after he was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor, incl: Robbery, terroristic threats, and assault”.
Backtrack – The Police Report:
I discussed this topic, in-depth, on my sports radio show, 60 Minute Overtime, on Sunday February 20, 2017 (90.3FM-WRPR). Click below to listen. Tune in to my live video stream every Sunday at 11am on http://www.Facebook.com/CoachMcCartan.