Darrelle Revis facing felony charges after South Side scuffle
February 16, 2017 6:55 PM
Bill Kostroun/Associated Press
Darrelle Revis played high school football in Aliquippa and college football at the University of Pittsburgh before he was drafted by the New York Jets.
By Dan Majors / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
An attorney for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said the former star football player at Aliquippa High School and the University of Pittsburgh looks forward to speaking with Pittsburgh police and will turn himself in to face felony charges after a street fight over the weekend on the South Side.
Police said the confrontation, which occurred about 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 23rd block of East Carson Street, involved at least eight men, two of whom were knocked unconscious for “at least 10 minutes.” One of the men, Dallas Cousins, 22, of Kittanning, suffered broken bones around his left eye.
Charges against Mr. Revis, filed in a complaint Thursday night, include two counts of aggravated assault, as well as robbery, conspiracy and making terroristic threats.
Pittsburgh attorney Blaine Jones, who is representing Mr. Revis, said his client would answer the charges "as expeditiously as possible."
According to the police complaint, Mr. Cousins and some friends saw Mr. Revis standing along Carson Street shortly after the bars closed, and Mr. Cousins asked him whether he was the seven-time Pro Bowl player. Mr. Revis replied that he was, to which Mr. Cousins replied, “No you’re not.”
Mr. Cousins told police that Mr. Revis, 31, repeated that he was and then became irate, telling Mr. Cousins to “get out of [his] face.” Mr. Cousins said Mr. Revis then pushed him and began walking away, at which point Mr. Cousins took out his cell phone “to get what Revis was wearing and his actions on video.”
Mr. Cousins said Mr. Revis grabbed the phone, and when Mr. Cousins tried to get it back, Mr. Revis threw it into the street.
At that point, Mr. Cousins said, another man appeared.
“The next thing [Cousins] remembers,” police Officer Anthony Burke said in the complaint, “was getting punched and then waking up to talk to police.”
Zacheriah Jarvis, 21, a roommate of Mr. Cousins, told police he, too, tried to grab the phone from Mr. Revis and was likewise knocked unconscious. Both men later went to Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital for treatment.
Mr. Jones, however, said Mr. Revis was "without question" the victim and did not initiate any of the physical contact. "As far as I know, there was another person there,” Mr. Jones said. “I'm not saying Darrelle hit those guys."
Nathan Watt, another of Mr. Cousins’ friends, told police that after the other two men were knocked down, Mr. Revis stepped within a foot of him with clenched fists and said, “I got more guys coming. ... Do you want to be next?”
But Mr. Watt could not confirm that it was Mr. Revis who hit either man, saying, “I don’t know. It happened so fast.”
Darrelle Revis playing for Pitt in 2005. He was a Panther from 2004 to 2006. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)
Officer Burke, who was on foot patrol at the time, said he later learned that a 911 call came from a cab driver who saw the argument and pulled over to see whether the two men would get up. When they did not after five minutes, he called police.
Officer Burke said police retrieved Mr. Cousins’ cell phone, played the video and confirmed that Mr. Revis had been involved.
Mr. Jones said Mr. Revis was in the Pittsburgh area over the weekend to visit family and friends, and he was on the South Side that night looking at a potential business development. When he was confronted “by a group of at least five people, Mr. Revis feared for his safety and retreated from the aggressors.”
He said Mr. Revis was the victim and tried to de-escalate the situation. He said he did not know whether Mr. Revis, who also sought medical attention, had been drinking.
“I would imagine that things are going to be transparent,” Mr. Jones said. “There's nothing to hide. ... Darrelle is aware that he is a target. He is arguably one of the biggest stars in the National Football League, a man who has carried himself with dignity and respect" for years.
A representative of the New York Jets issued a statement saying, “We are aware of the incident and have spoken to Darrelle.” The team had not further comment.
The Jets drafted Mr. Revis with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft. He played six seasons in New York before he was traded to Tampa Bay in 2013. After playing one season there and another in New England, where he won a Super Bowl ring, Mr. Revis returned to the Jets as a free agent last season.
Dan Majors: firstname.lastname@example.org and 412-263-1456. Adam Smeltz contributed.