Jets’ Revis faces four felonies

New York Jet charged after fight in Pitts­burgh last week­end

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New York Jets cor­ner­back Dar­relle Revis was charged with four first-de­gree felonies and one mis­de­meanour after al­legedly be­ing in­volved in a fight with two men last week­end.

Ac­cord­ing to a docket sheet filed Thurs­day night, the 31-year-old Revis is fac­ing two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault, along with charges of rob­bery, con­spir­acy to com­mit ag­gra­vated as­sault and ter­ror­is­tic threats — a mis­de­meanour — after the in­ci­dent Sun­day at 2:43 a.m.

Revis’ at­tor­ney, Blaine Jones, said in a state­ment while the charges were still pend­ing that Revis was “phys­i­cally as­saulted while at that lo­ca­tion by a group of at least five peo­ple.” He added that the Jets cor­ner­back “feared for his safety” and sought med­i­cal at­ten­tion, but didn’t of­fer de­tails about the sever­ity of Revis’ in­juries.

Jones told The As­so­ci­ated Press that once a war­rant was is­sued, he would ar­range for Revis to turn him­self in.

“One of the other guys ini­ti­ated phys­i­cal con­tact,” Jones said. “Dar- relle was walk­ing away. He was in fear for his life and fear for his safety.”

But in a state­ment ear­lier Thurs­day, Pitts­burgh po­lice said a fight started when a 22-year-old man from Kit­tan­ning, Penn., not iden­ti­fied in the state­ment, spot­ted a man who he be­lieved to be Revis walk­ing along East Car­son Street. After Revis con­firmed he was the NFL player, the man started record­ing the in­ter­ac­tion. Revis grabbed the phone and tried to delete the video. An­other 21-year-old man from Ross Town­ship tried to help the other man, but Revis tossed the phone into the road, the state­ment says.

An ar­gu­ment en­sued, end­ing with an­other man help­ing Revis, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice state­ment. Po­lice say the 22-year-old man and the 21-year-old man claimed they were punched and knocked out. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the two men re­gained con­scious­ness and spoke to au­thor­i­ties.

Wit­nesses told po­lice that the two men were un­con­scious for about 10 min­utes. The re­spond­ing of­fi­cers viewed the video on the phone and con­firmed that the per­son was Revis.

In his state­ment, Jones said that Revis, an Aliquippa na­tive, was in the Pitts­burgh area to visit f am­ily and friends last week­end. Dur­ing the time of the in­ci­dent, Jones said Revis “went by a lo­ca­tion in the South­side that he is in the process of de­vel­op­ing.” That is when, ac­cord­ing to Jones, Revis was as­saulted.

The Jets said in a state­ment that the team is aware of the in­ci­dent and has spo­ken to Revis, but is­sued no fur­ther com­ment.

Revis was a star at the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh and was drafted No. 14 over­all by the Jets in 2007. He quickly es­tab­lished him­self as one of the top play­ers at his po­si­tion — and in fran­chise his­tory — while also earn­ing the nick­name, “Revis Is­land” for his pen­chant for rou­tinely shut­ting down op­pos­ing teams’ top re­ceivers.

His sec­ond ten­ure with New York, after stints with Tampa Bay and New Eng­land, might be over after two sea­sons. Revis is sched­uled to make $15 mil­lion, in­clud­ing a $2 mil­lion ros­ter bonus due on March 11, next sea­son — but that would be a lofty salary for an ag­ing player who ad­mit­tedly had a sub­par year that he at­trib­uted to age and in­juries.

PAUL SANCYA, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Dar­relle Revis faces five charges fol­low­ing a street fight in Pitts­burgh last Sun­day.

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