REVIS STREET FIGHT
Jets star charged with four felonies after Pitt brawl
An arrest warrant was issued Thursday night charging Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis with two counts of aggravated assault, among a series of charges, after a brawl in Pittsburgh shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday allegedly left two men unconscious for about 10 minutes.
If this is the end of Darrelle Revis’ career with the Jets, at least he went out swinging.
According to documents released by Pittsburgh police Thursday night, Revis was involved in a violent altercation early Sunday, an incident that left him charged with four f irst- degree felonies — two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault — and a misdemeanor count of terroristic threats.
TMZ reported late Thursday night that a warrant for Revis’ arrest has been issued and formally filed.
Blaine Jones, Revis’ Pittsburgh-based lawyer, told TMZ he expects the Jets cornerback to surrender to police within 24 to 48 hours.
“He’s not going to run from a warrant,” Jones said earlier Thursday night in a news conference.
According to the Pittsburgh police report, at approximately 2:43 a.m. Sunday officers were dispatched after a report two males had been knocked unconscious. A 22-yearold man was walking when he spotted someone who resembled Revis. After asking and confirming it was Revis, the man began recording him on his cellphone and followed Revis, who then snatched the cellphone away and tried to delete the video.
A 2 1 - year- ol d man attempted to help the 22-year-old get the cellphone, according to the report, but Revis threw the phone onto the roadway and a verbal argument followed. The two men said they were punched and then remember waking up to talk to police. According to witnesses, the two were unconscious for about 10 minutes. After officers viewed the cellphone video, they confirmed it was Revis.
Both of the injured men were taken to the hospital, and one of them suffered broken bones around his eye, sources close to the investigation say.
According to WTAE.com, Lydia Watt said her brother, Nathan Watt, was with the two alleged victims but was not struck during the incident.
“He was with two of his buddies down in the South Side over the weekend, and I see a Snapchat of his friend laying in a hospital bed,” she said. “I immediately texted him and said, ‘What is [your friend] doing in a hospital bed?’ He said, ‘Darrelle Revis knocked him out.’ ”
Jones, offered a contradictory version of the events, saying that it was Revis who was assaulted and required medical attention, which he sought.
“He was not the aggressor that night,” Jones said. “He was 1,000 percent the victim. He tried to retreat. He did everything in his power to try to get this situation to die down, to de-escalate this situation that the other group started.’’
When asked if Revis threw any punches, Jones said, “All I can tell you is that if any punches were thrown, they were thrown in self- defense, but Darrelle did not initiate any of the physical contact.’’
Jones said Revis, who grew up in nearby Aliquippa, Pa., was in Pittsburgh to visit family and friends and went by a location on the South Side he is in the process of developing when he “was physically assaulted while at that location by a group of at least five people.’’
A Jets spokesman said in a statement: “We’ve spoken to Darrelle. We’re aware of the incident. We’ll have no further comment.”
Revis, who signed a fiveyear, $70 million contract to return to the Jets after being elsewhere the previous two seasons, did not return calls or texts to his cellphone.
Revis’ disappointing 2016 season has left him on the bubble to return next season to the Jets, who owe him a $2 million roster bonus on March 10. If he’s released, the Jets would free up $9.3 million in salary-cap space.
If Revis remains a Jet, it surely will be for a reduced salary and there is talk — by him and the team — he might be moved to safety because of his diminished coverage skills.
So it has not been a good year for Revis, whose reputation on the field took some significant hits this season and now has this offthe-field issue to deal with.
Revis has lived an otherwise charmed existence in the NFL, coming into the league as a firstround draft pick in 2007, voted to seven Pro Bowls, trademarking “Revis Island’’ for his shutdown cornerback skills and winning a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots two years ago.
Revis’ former agents always tried to market him as the “Derek Jeter of New York football,’’ in reference to his squeakyclean image as it related to the former Yankees star.
That reputation now is in danger of being tarnished forever.
HOME: Darrelle Revis, outside his childhood home in Aliquippa, Pa., in 2010, is facing multiple counts, included aggravated assault, after a fight Pittsburgh police said they responded to at approximately 2:43 a.m. Sunday.