Jets star charged with four felonies af­ter Pitt brawl

New York Post - - TV FRIDAY - By MARK CAN­NIZ­ZARO mark.can­niz­zaro@ny­

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, 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.

Getty Images; Joseph E. Amaturo


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.

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