Latest Update: (Feb. 17)
Darrelle Revis has been arraigned and was given a non-monetary bond, reports Coley Harvey of ESPN.
According to Harvey, Revis still has to attend all hearings in the case and cannot come in contact with the alleged victims or witnesses.
Revis will next appear in court Thursday.
Blaine Jones, who has represented Revis, will remove himself off the case after Friday, reports Harvey.
According to Harvey, attorney Bob Del Greco will now represent Revis. Del Greco has recently represented Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, who had been charged with multiple crimes. However, the most serious charges against Porter have been dropped.
Revis has turned himself in to police in Pittsburgh on Friday night, reports Coley Harvey of ESPN.
One of the men involved in the altercation with Revis was 22-year old Dallas Cousins of Kittanning, PA, who was knocked unconscious and suffered broken bones around his left eye, according to Dan Majors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cousins' roommate, 21-year old Zacheriah Jarvis, was the other man knocked unconscious. Both men later received treatment from Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital.
Nathan Watt, another one of Cousins' friends, told police he witnessed the skirmish, but could not confirm if was Revis who hit either man, saying, "I don't know. It happened so fast."
Police said the confrontation involved at least eight men, and occurred in the 23rd block of East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's South Side.
Previous Reports: (Feb. 16)
Pittsburgh police have officially charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, and one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault. He was also charged with one count of terroristic threats, a misdemeanor.
Revis' attorney Blaine Jones absolved his client of any wrongdoing during a press conference Thursday night. Jones said that "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 South Side that he is in the process of developing. Mr. Revis was physically assaulted while at that location by a group of at least five people. Mr. Revis feared for his safety and retreated from the aggressors."
Jones also said that Revis was "not going to run from a warrant."
From the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety. Charges pending against Darrelle Revis, they say. pic.twitter.com/lrABqFolax- Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 16, 2017
Jets CB Darrelle Revis is reportedly being investigated by Pittsburgh police for an altercation that took place this past weekend, WTAE-TV reported on Wednesday. Revis is a native of nearby Aliquippa, PA.
According to police, an incident was reported around 2:30 a.m. ET early Monday morning in which two men were punched in Pittsburgh's South Side. A police officer in the area reportedly saw Revis speaking to two people, and when he returned, two of them were unconscious and Revis was gone. Both men were taken to a local hospital with one man reportedly suffering broken bones around his eye. Police are considering filing felony charges against Revis.
A separate report by KDKA-TV said that Revis was assaulted by a group of five people. His attorney, Blaine Jones, said he feared for his safety and eventually sought medical attention. He added that "at no point in time was Darrelle the aggressor," reports Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
The Jets released a statement saying they were aware of the incident, had spoken to Revis and would not be commenting further.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Revis endured the worst season of his professional career in 2016. His future with the Jets has been a constant source of speculation since the season ended. The 31-year-old is due $15 million next year with a cap number of $15.3 million.
On the surface this doesn't look good, but it's always worth taking a pause when incidents like this come up. As we've learned over and over again in sports -- and elsewhere -- that the initial reports, even initial police reports, aren't always the absolute truth. We haven't even begun to learn what really happened here yet, and there seem to be some conflicting reports.
But the Jets don't have much time to find out, and that's the reality of the Darrelle Revis situation. As I wrote earlier today (and several times in the past), his future with the Jets was in doubt anyway given his age, his seemingly declining skills, his high salary and the $2 million roster bonus he is due in early March. It was already going to be difficult for a cap-strapped team like the Jets to keep him around.
This incident, whatever the truth turns out to be, potentially could make it impossible for the Jets to do that. Even if the facts change, remember that image tends to be everything in the NFL and the optics of this are terrible. And with the Jets having less than a month to make a decision, the optics aren't likely to change. As the Giants learned with Josh Brown last summer, it's dangerous to stand by an embattled player without having all the facts, because there's always a chance that what you don't know will turn out to be worse.
Given that, plus all the other factors -- most especially the cost -- this may turn out to be the final straw that insures the long and mostly distinguished Jets career of this future Hall of Fame cornerback is done.