The incident that has surely ended Darrelle Revis' Jets career, and could land him in jail, began with two star-struck men who seemingly couldn't believe they had run into the NFL player on the streets of Pittsburgh in the middle of the night. They asked if he was really Revis. They didn't believe his answer.
And everything escalated from there.
Much of the confrontation from early Sunday morning is on a cell phone video, too, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Pittsburgh Police and obtained by WTAE in Pittsburgh. The evidence was strong enough for Revis to be charged on Thursday with four felonies (two counts of aggravated assault and one each of criminal conspiracy and robbery) and one misdemeanor (making terroristic threats).
His attorney has insisted that Revis was not the aggressor in the incident, but he is still expected to turn himself into police either later on Friday or sometime on Saturday.
When he does, Revis will be confronted by a complaint that says two victims -- named Dallas Cousins and Zacheriah Jarvis -- were left unconscious on a street corner on the South side of Pittsburgh with injuries to their faces after what began as a verbal confrontation with the Jets cornerback.
Cousins, the report said, was diagnosed with an "orbital floor fracture" around his eye and police said he had a bruise "the size of a half a golf ball" over his left eyebrow "with a one inch laceration on it". Jarvis suffered a bruised cheek. Both were treated at a local hospital and released.
What the report does not say, though, is whether Revis is the one who caused those injuries. There was another unnamed black male at the scene, the report said, who was described by the victims as "Revis' friend." Another witness, Nathan Watt, who was apparently with Cousins and Jarvis but was not assaulted, was asked whether it was Revis or the other man who attacked the victims.
"I don't know," Watt said, according to the complaint. "It happened so fast."
At first, though, it started out slowly. The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning when the complaint states that Cousins, Jarvis and Watt noticed a man "that looked like NFL player Darrelle Revis" standing on a corner wearing a black cap, black jacket and dark jeans. Cousins told police he asked the man if he really was Revis. Revis confirmed he was, to which Cousins replied "No you're not."
Cousins told police that's when "Revis began becoming irate," the complaint said, "and began waving his hands in (Cousins') face telling him to get out of his face. Cousins stated that Revis pushed him in the chest and told him to get out of his face and that is when Cousins started recording video on his cell phone.
According to the complaint, Revis can then be seen on the cell phone video shot by Cousins asking the victims "Why are you following me?" several times. Cousins told police that "once Revis saw that he was recording him, Revis pulled the phone from his hand and attempted to delete the video." Cousins attempted to take it back, "but (he) was unsuccessful and Revis threw his phone in the middle of (the street) attempting to break it," the report said.
That's when Cousins said "Revis' friend" arrived, and according to the complaint, "the next thing (Cousins) remembers was getting punched and then waking up to talk to police."
Jarvis confirmed the story, according to the complaint, and also indicated he didn't remember anything between the punch and when the police arrived. Watt also confirmed the account to police and, according to the complaint, "stated that after Cousins and Davis got punched unconscious, Revis approached him and stated 'I got more guys coming.' Watt stated 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 Revis and his friend then fled the area and Watt tried to wake his friends. He told police the two victims were unconscious for "at least 10 minutes" though they were awake when police first arrived.