New York Jets Star Cornerback Darrelle Revis Charged With Four Felonies
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been charged with four felonies in connection with an assault incident in Pittsburgh last weekend and is expected to turn himself in, although his attorney claims Revis was not the aggressor.
Revis will face four felony charges and one misdemeanor charge whenever he chooses to come forward to police. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy, as well as the misdemeanor charge for making terroristic threats, NBC Sports reports.
The alleged incident occurred on Sunday in South Side Pittsburgh. Two men have told police they encountered Revis and remember having a verbal argument before they were knocked unconscious, but don’t remember who punched them.
One of the men began filming video on his phone after realizing that it was Revis. Pittsburgh police have reviewed a cellphone video of the altercation and released a statement Thursday saying the charges against Revis are pending, according to NBC Sports.
Revis’ attorney Blaine Jones told ESPN that Revis was “physically assaulted” by a group of at least five people, contrary to the police reports from the two alleged victims. Jones said that his client was shoved by one of the men in the group and attempted to walk away from the situation. The man then pushed Revis and, after realizing he was being filmed, Revis knocked the cellphone out of his hands.
“It’s my understanding that when Darrelle turned around he wasn’t sure whether it was a weapon or a phone,” Jones told ESPN. “He didn’t know. He just knows he left, these guys were saying his name, he turns around and sees an object and he wasn’t sure what it was or whether he was going to get robbed or assaulted or what,” Jones said. “He feared for his safety.”
“The bottom line is, Darrelle Revis was the victim in all of this,” Jones added of his client. “He never went out to start a fight. He has stellar credibility.”
The Jets told reporters they were aware of the incident and spoke to Revis about it, but would not offer any comment on the matter.