New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is facing charges stemming from his alleged role in an altercation that left two men unconscious.
Revis, 31, was charged by authorities in Pittsburgh with four felonies: two counts of aggravated assault, one charge of robbery, and one charge of conspiracy to commit robbery as well as a misdemeanor charge of making terroristic threats.
In a statement, police said a 22-year-old man approached Revis, a native of nearby Aliquippa, on the street at 2:43 a.m. and began taking cellphone video of him. Revis allegedly grabbed the phone, attempted to delete the video, and threw the phone in the street.
Police said another man, a 21-year-old, approached and attempted to help the other man get his phone back. This led to a verbal altercation during which a companion of Revis got involved. The two men said they were assaulted but were unsure who threw the punches.
Witnesses said the men were unconscious for about 10 minutes. Police said video found on one of the men’s phones confirmed Revis was involved in the incident. Sources told WTAE-TV that one of the men suffered broken bones around an eye.
Revis has not yet surrendered himself to authorities. His attorney, Blaine Jones, said in an interview with ESPN he is attempting to reach Revis to make arrangements for a surrender.
“The bottom line is, Darrelle Revis was the victim in all of this,” Jones said. “He never went out to start a fight. He has stellar credibility.”
Jones also had a different version of the events that took place.
“Mr. Revis came home to Pittsburgh this past weekend to visit family and friends,” he said. “During that time, Mr. Revis went by a location in the Southside that he is in the process of developing.”
“Mr. Revis was physically assaulted while at the location by a group of at least five people. Mr. Revis feared for his safety and retreated from the aggressors. Mr. Revis was not arrested after this incident. Mr. Revis sought medical attention as a result of the aforementioned attack.”
Revis played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted 14th overall by the Jets in the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent his first six NFL seasons with the Jets, becoming of the one of the league’s best cornerbacks.
Revis’ ability to shut down an opponent’s number one receiver lead to comparisons of the receiver being stranded on an island, referred to as Revis Island. Revis was awarded ownership of the phrase “Revis Island” in 2013, three years after applying for the trademark.
Revis was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 before signing with the New England Patriots in 2014. He helped the Patriots to a 12-4 regular season record and a victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
Revis signed a five-year, $70 million contract (with $39 million guaranteed) to return to the Jets in 2015. He is scheduled to be paid $13 million this season plus a $2 million roster bonus on Mar. 11. His play dropped off from his seven-time Pro Bowl level in 2016. Reports surfaced that the Jets asked him to take a pay cut or risk being released before the roster bonus is to be paid.
If Revis is suspended by the NFL for this incident, the Jets may seek to release him for violation of the personal conduct policy.