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Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:14 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s the non-penalty call that just won’t go away, and Darrelle Revis is still being asked questions about it. Until, you know, he hangs up on his interviewer on the advice of his PR man.

If you watched last Monday night’s game between the Jets and the Dolphins, you saw Miami quarterback Matt Moore hit Revis in the numbers before Revis took the pick-6 100 yards to the opposite end zone.

And ESPN made sure to air plenty of replays before Moore released the ball that showed Revis and Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall making contact with each other, Marshall falling to the turf and Revis making the easy interception.

Analyst Jon Gruden immediately (and repeatedly) said a pass interference penalty should have been called, and at the time, I also thought it was evident there was some illegal contact.

Judge for yourself:

Revis has been adamant that he didn’t interfere with Marshall, and today on the Mike Francesa radio show on WFAN in New York, Revis got mad enough where Jets PR decided it was best if he just end the interview immediately and hang up the phone.

See the interview below (it gets heated about the 5:00 mark):

From the very beginning of the interview, after Francesa, when introducing his guest, said Revis was the only member of the Jets organization who liked him, Francesa asked him about the Marshall play. “You mugged him, didn’t you?” Francesa almost immediately said. “Said Revis: “That’s what’s everybody thinks.” Later, he said, “I did not mug Brandon Marshall.”

They moved on to other topics for a few minutes, but the conversation was steered back to the Marshall non-penalty.

Revis explained that Marshall was tripping, and Francesa laughed at the notion, asking how Marshall’s jersey wound up in Revis’ hand. Even though Revis brought up the always-stupid “Do you know football?” thing and the conversation seemed somewhat joking, it then got heated.

From part of the transcript (via CBS New York):
“You are still the only one in the world who doesn’t think that was a penalty,” said Francesa.

“I don’t care!” said Revis, who was on the verge of getting very upset. “I don’t care what everybody thinks! I don’t care what you think, I don’t care what the whole world thinks."

“You’re good at interviewing,” he said.  “I’m good at what I do. Just leave it at that!”

As Revis’ voice rose, Jets PR man Jared Winley instructed Revis to hang up the phone, and, though Francesa was shocked by the intrusion, Revis did exactly that.

Later, Winley apologized, saying in a statement (via the New York Daily News):"In my judgement (sic), given the tone of the interview, I should have asked Mike to move on to another topic, instead of instructing Darrelle to hang up the phone. That was an error on my part. I've called Mike's producer and I apologized."

All in all, not a good day for anybody involved in the interview. Except, of course, for Mike Francesa.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:02 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Watched both the replay and the interview. As for the play it was incidental contact, which is initiated by Marshall. Marshall trips over his ownself and runs into Revis. Revis holds on to Marshall's jersey for a moment, and look to me he altered Marshall's route. It was a good no call. When you have incidental contact the refs shouldn't throw a flag, which they didn't. As for the interview I don't mind the interviewer having an opinion that differs from the interviewee, but generally speaking when it comes to sports interviews it should somewhat benign unless you're trying to do some real investigative reporting. That's not what radio talk shows are designed for. Francesa came across as rude and condescending. He should have let it go. I'm not sure why he would want to discredit Revis on the play, especially since the Jets are on of the hometown teams. No wonder no players from the Jets organization want to talk with Francesa. Revis may have wanted to use another tact, but I bet you he learned from that one.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 5:42 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

That Mike Guy is an idiot, revis explained the same way I would. I've hated the Jets (or laughed at) since Al Toon Retired. I had brandon on my FF team. I still see it as Brandon was falling forward and initiated contact, No Penalty!!!!
And some how dumb azz wants to be Mr football. guy is an idiot glad he's on YES and not a real station

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 5:12 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I have no dog in the fight and I generally do not side with the professional interviewer who ambushes a less prepared and generally less educated athlete, but the blame goes to the usually woeful Jets PR department. They didn't know this wa going to come up? Thye should have been prepared to have fun with it or had an answer ready that put it to bed. instead they left Revis out on his own. If he had simply said hey there was contact and Marshall went down, there are 3 officials close enogh to make that call if it ws interference and they didn't do it, so the ball hits me in the chest and I got 6 and i will take it every day and twice on Monday night! If the interviewer pushes it further you simply say look I said all I am going to say about it, do you have anything ele you would like totalk about. if it was me i would have said "what do you want me to say to get you to move on. Just tell me and I will say it. You want me to say it was pas interference, I say yes it looks like it on the tape, but it didn't get called and thats the way it goes sometimes. it goes the opposite way just as much where the receiver pushes off an makes the catch with no call. Brandon marshall is a big boy and makes his living that way. This time it went my way. Next question?

Point is he should have been prepared by the team to say something instead of gettign mad. The next time ask for a question list or refuse the interview. You made this ass clown interviewer famous for the day by letting him get to you. He won the day. In general th jets PR gets a fail in every way every day. it seems every time you turn around one of the players or coaches is sticking their foot in their mouth or making the papers for something unflattering. The next thing you know they will be refusing all interviews because they are being picked on and try to use the us against the world strategy. Win something before acting like you have, and then act like you have done it before. it's called professionalism.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:42 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

The Jets have no one to blame but themselves when they get a bad rap. With all their talking and swagger and not winning anything they should just shut up and play. Thats the reason people hate them and it all starts with the head coach. You dont hear tomlin or mccarthy or belichick saing we are the best team out their and we are going to win the super bowl eve though they believe it.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:57 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

No stakes in this (both teams suck as far as I'm concerned): the play is AMBIGUOUS--he might be tripping and Revis might be sweeping him aside to play the ball, OR he might be interfered with ("mugged" is an absurd term).  Same with the interview: Francesca is a mentally stuttering bully and Revis actually seemed pretty deft at first, but under as Francesca sank his teeth in and wouldn't let go, he got riled.  The real chump in the piece is Winley, who betrays the fact that the Jets are an organization on the edge, fraying everyday.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:52 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I am in know way a Jets fan but Mike Francesa was being ridicilus.  I get so sick of radio hosts doing this to players.  I know that they can be arrogant and unappreciative but hosts who are not in the heat of the game nor have never played the game should just in enjoy and not try to build ratings.

Just report on football. 

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:30 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

from now on when my friends or people i know cry about something, are acting soft, or are in complete denial about something ima say..."come on dont be a revis"....or "kids such a revis"

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:17 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

ok ur right i forgot...jets dropped the ball...literally...again...

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:17 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

C'mon dude, watch the replay.  The contact is totally initiated by Marshall, he rams his shoulder into Revis.  If there was a missed call, it was offensive pass interference!

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:49 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

and anyone happy with a "no-call" on a play like that are complete tools/jet fans...that play CHANGE THE GAME wasnt just an int was a pick 6! a td play! thats a no call on 7 points for a struggling team when they were driving down the field on the so called great jets defense...come on people please take your heads out your as*s n be real with your comments
My god, YOU DIDN'T WATCH THE GAME! The Dolphins weren't driving anywhere, they just got great field position becuz the Jets fumbled the kick-off! None of you guys even watched the friggin game. This is all based on the haterade for the team that Rex Ryan coaches


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