New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was released on a non-monetary bond after surrendering to police Friday evening after being charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor in relation to an altercation last weekend in Pittsburgh.
Revis was ordered to appear at all hearings related to the case and was forbidden from having any contact with the alleged victims and witness, including social media. He was given 72 hours to surrender his passport.
Revis’ next court date is scheduled for this Thursday.
Revis was accompanied by attorney Blaine Jones and family members. He didn’t answer questions from the media assembled outside the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts. Jones believes Revis has a “very good case” and is “ready to answer charges”. He also advised Revis only retained his services for the pretrial charges and that he removed himself from the case.
Revis will be represented by Bobby Del Greco going forward. Del Greco represented Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter after Porter was allegedly involved in an altercation outside a Pittsburgh bar after the Steelers’ Wild Card playoff win against the Miami Dolphins. All but the two least serious charges against Porter were later dropped.
Revis was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, one felony count of robbery, one felony count of conspiracy to commit robbery, and a misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats.
The incident took place Sunday at 2:43 a.m. in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. Two men told police Revis punched them after a verbal altercation. According to police, witnesses said the men were unconscious for about 10 minutes.
Dallas Cousins, a 22-year-old from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, was walking down the street when he saw a man that he thought was Revis. Cousins walked over to Revis, who confirmed his identity. After that, Cousins took cellphone video of Revis and began to follow him around.
According to the police report, “at some point, Revis snatched the cellphone away and attempted to delete the video.”
Zachariah Jarvis, 21, from Ross Township, Pennsylvania, is Cousins’ roommate. He attempted to help Cousins get his cellphone back. A verbal altercation ensued and an unidentified man came to Revis’ aid. Jarvis and Cousins told police they “were punched, then remember waking up talking to police.”
A witness identified as Nathan Watt told police Revis approached Jarvis and Cousins after they were knocked out. Watt told police he heard Revis say “I got more guys coming.” Watt’s complaint also said that Revis “stepped within a foot of his face with an aggressive demeanor on his face, fists clenched, and stated, ‘Do you want to be next?’”
Watt said he didn’t know whether Revis or the unidentified man with Revis knocked out Jarvis and Cousins. “I don’t know. It happened so fast.”
Officers who viewed the cellphone video confirmed the man in the video was Revis.
Police said the video “shows Revis walking away from the group and Cousins 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.”
Jarvis and Cousins took themselves to the hospital. Cousins was diagnosed with an orbital floor fracture. Watt told police Revis and the unidentified man left in a truck.
Three 911 calls were made. A cab driver and a resident of the neighborhood called, both saying they saw two men lying unconscious in the street. The third 911 call was from Cousins.
Blaine Jones said Revis “was physically assaulted while at the location by a group of at least five people” and was a “victim in all of this.”
Revis, 31, is coming off what he referred to as the worst season of his career. The Jets reportedly asked him to take a pay cut or he may be released as a salary cap casualty. He is due a $2 million roster bonus on Mar. 11 and scheduled to make $13 million in base salary (with $6 million guaranteed) in 2017.