Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Darrelle Revis rips 'bitter' Jets fans
By Rich Cimini
Former New York Jets star Darrelle Revis is fed up with "bitter" Jets fans.
Revis, under siege after poking Jets fans with a recent tweet, fired back Monday night after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins.
In an interview with the New York Post, Revis said he's being harassed by Jets fans on Twitter. He also claimed he's being unfairly portrayed as a money-hungry player -- this, from someone who has staged two contract holdouts, threatened a third and recently tweeted he's happier making more money with the hapless Bucs than he would've been with the surprising Jets.
"You’ve got to have a backbone, because guys are saying, ‘F--- you!’ and ‘I want to kill you!’" Revis told the newspaper, referring to tweets from Jets fans. "It’s crazy, but I’ve been getting death threats from them since my first holdout [in 2010]. It’s just bitter Jets fans.”
Revis also said: "They’re still not over the fact that I’m not there no more, and they give me crap all the time on Twitter. If they would understand the business of it and understand what happened, then maybe they would know and maybe they would quit trying to point the finger at me. That’s where it is."
Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking at a Super Bowl XLVIII event Tuesday in Manhattan, said he hadn't heard of the threats to Revis.
"That's horrible," said Johnson, adding that he's not surprised "because, in social media right now, anything goes. ... I don’t think anybody should make those kinds of threats to anybody for any reason. It’s not good social conduct.”
The former All-Pro cornerback sparked a controversy with a recent reply on Twitter. A Jets fan asked him if the $16 million-a-year contract from the Bucs (six years, $96 million) is better than the $12 million-a-year (purely speculative) he might have received from the Jets -- a loaded question. In essence, the fan wanted to know if money can buy happiness on a lousy team. Revis' response: He preferred the $16 million a year.
That created a firestorm.
“I said what I said, and I meant it -- to that particular person,” Revis said. “It don’t have to be toward the New York Jets or nothing. They’re trying to say I’m money hungry, but I’m not really concerned about that. I used to play in New York, so I’m used to getting booed. I’m a pro about that, and that’s nothing I’m concerned about.”
Revis insisted his goal is to win a Super Bowl. That won't happen this season, as the Bucs won their first game Monday night. Revis sealed the outcome with a late interception on a long, fourth-down pass, although the smart play would've been to simply knock it down. He unwittingly helped the Jets (5-4), who are battling the Dolphins (4-5) and several other teams for the final wild-card spot.
Revis said he responded to the fan on Twitter "because I’m getting tired of [Jets fans] always being negative. You don’t want to hear that. ... It don’t help with the [Bucs'] record, but at the same time, just let it go. I’m not there no more, Jets fans. I’m not there. When I left, I left with class. I didn’t leave saying, ‘Eff the Jets organization’ or anything like that. You’ve got to move on.”
That's a classic case of revisionist history. He apparently forgot that he accused Jets general manager John Idzik of lying to him. Revis made those comments the day after the trade.