Police: Darrelle Revis facing assault, robbery charges

Pittsburgh Police say charges are pending against Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis after an incident last Sunday morning in the city’s South Side area.

Those charges include robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault.

According to the statement, police found a 21-year old man and a 22-year old man unconscious around 2:40 a.m. last Sunday, and after reviewing cellphone video police confirmed that Revis had an altercation with those men on the sidewalk. The police statement said those men remember encountering Revis and having a verbal argument but woke up after being punched.

The Jets told local beat reporters they were aware of the incident and had spoken to Revis but would have no further comment.

An attorney for Revis told KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh that Revis needed medical attention after being assaulted by five people last weekend. That clashed with another report, which said Revis would potentially be facing charges after two men were punched following an altercation with Revis and a friend.

That attorney, Blaine Jones, later told NFL Network that Revis was not the aggressor and said he had not yet spoken to Pittsburgh Police.

The police statement said the men recognized Revis and approached him, and that one took cellphone video of their meeting. The statement said Revis later threw the phone into the street, and that officers estimate the men were unconscious for 10 minutes before being woken up by police.

Revis, who played college football at Pitt, is from Western Pennsylvania.

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New York Jets' Darrelle Revis faces assault and robbery charges

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis faces five pending charges, including two counts of aggravated assault, after allegedly being involved in a fight with two men last weekend.

According to a Pittsburgh police statement and a court document, the 31-year-old Revis also is facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault after the incident on Sunday at 2.43am.

Revis’ attorney, Blaine Jones, said in a statement on Thursday that Revis was “physically assaulted while at that location by a group of at least five people.” He adds that the Jets cornerback “feared for his safety” and sought medical attention.

Jones told The Associated Press once a warrant is issued, he will arrange for Revis to turn himself in. “One of the other guys initiated physical contact,” Jones said. “Darrelle was walking away. He was in fear for his life and fear for his safety.”

Police say the alleged fight started when a 22-year-old man from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, not identified in the statement, spotted 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 family 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 No14 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 $15m, including a $2m roster bonus due on 11 March, 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.

The Jets would still owe him $6m if they cut him as part of the $39m in guarantees in the five-year, $70m deal he signed with New York in 2015.  Revis, who could perhaps agree to a pay cut, has also entertained the idea of making a position change to safety.


Jets’ Cornerback Darrelle Revis Facing Robbery, Assault Charges After Fight

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — New York Jets cornerback, former Pitt star and Aliquippa native Darrelle Revis was injured after getting into an altercation on the South Side and police say they have filed charges against him.

The 31-year-old NFL star’s lawyer told KDKA-TV he was assaulted by a group of five people when he came home to visit family and friends over the weekend.

STATEMENT BY BLAINE JONES LAW, Representing Darrelle Revis:

Mr. Revis came home to Pittsburgh this past weekend to visit family and friends. 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 that location by a group of at least 5 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.

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