Darrelle Revis "absolutely" did not knock out two men on a street in Pittsburgh in the early morning hours of Feb. 12 and the voice heard bragging about it on a video of the aftermath of the incident was "NOT" Revis' voice, his attorneys said.
Their denial and defense of the Jets cornerback came on Sunday night, hours after a video was published on TMZ.com that allegedly showed the aftermath of the incident that ended with Revis facing a variety of charges from Pittsburgh police. The video shows two men on the ground, seemingly unconscious, and a voice can be heard saying "I knocked both of these m---f-ers out."
Then what sounds like the same voice can be heard saying "Shut up before I knock you're a-out next."
Revis, according to a criminal complaint, has been accused of saying something similar to the victims in the incident. However, none of the witnesses were able to say for sure that Revis is the one who punched the two men seen in the video on the ground. Revis' new attorneys, Robert DelGreco and Mark Fiorilli, issued a joint statement late Sunday night professing Revis' innocence and denying it was his voice.
"Darrelle Revis absolutely, categorically and positively did not knock out anyone, did not conspire with anyone to commit an assault, did not say 'shut up before I knock you're a-- out next' and surely did not 'rob' another of a cell phone," the statement said. "The voice and admissions made on the video are NOT that of Darrelle Revis. We have no doubt but that further investigation relative to the clothing and voice verification will corroborate the above assertions."
Revis has told Jets officials a similar story, according to a team source, that while he was there he was not the one who threw the punches. The Jets' only comment on the situation has been through a team spokesman saying "We are aware of the incident and have spoken to Darrelle". An NFL spokesman also said the league is looking into the situation.
Revis has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count each of making terroristic threats, robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. The charge of making terroristic threats is a misdemeanor while the other four are felonies.
Revis was arraigned in Pittsburgh city court on Friday and is due back on Thursday with his attorneys for a preliminary hearing.
Meanwhile, the Jets are facing a deadline to decide on Revis' future since he is due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11. The 31-year-old is also due a $13 million salary for 2017 -- $6 million of which is guaranteed whether he's on the roster or not. Due to the expense and his declining skills, the Jets are expected to release him before that roster bonus is due.
There is also language in his contract that make it possible for the Jets to eventually recoup the $6 million in guaranteed money due to this incident or if he ends up getting suspended by the NFL. But it's a longshot at best and would likely lead to a protracted battle - perhaps in court - with Revis and the NFL Players Association