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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: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:59 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I'm good with the no call. This one was close and the truth is that it could have gone either way. If they threw a flag, people would instead be talking about how Revis got robbed and that the NFL calls too many "ticky tacky" fouls.

I like it when the players play and a little incedental contact is part of the game.

There are obviously times when pass interference (and holding) should be called. There are also times when they call too much of it.

It's probably one of the toughest calls for refs to make in all of sports.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:57 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

you jet fans make me was suchhhh an obvious penalty and you guys got the home field call bc they felt bad precious revis was getting abused the whole game up till that point so they let him get away with one...just because mike francessa is one of the ONLY radio guys in new york that tells it like he sees it everyone gets mad...i like revis let me get off by sayin that i think hes a great player but ive lost all respect for him...if your a man you MAN up to what you got away with one mike was just trying to joke around with you n let u admit that dont go crying about how you didnt pull him down by his jersey 10 yards into the endzone when u blatantly did...he gets treated like most superstarts in sports get treated the refs give him more calls then your adverage joe all revis had to do was let it go not bring it back up n sound foolish saying "i want to go on record saying that i didnt mug him" when you OBVIOUSLY DID...thats why mike laughed hell i laughed when he said it bc he sounded so foolish....then he cried n cried until he was saved by jets pr...sad display of manhood from the top defender in the league....n everyone ripping mike sound stupid you obviously dont listen to mike's shows ever and know nothing of his programs if your calling him a hack and a nobody and saying these are reasons he dont get along with jets...the jets are the reason mike dont get along with them like most people on 66...the jets dont play on that station nor do they like how mike was real about the stupididty of a west side stadium and his dislike for ryans big mouth....pathetic oragnization

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:56 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Francesa is a loser.  Nobody listens to his cruddy show anymore, especially now that his ex partner Chris Russo has his own station on Sirius.  He is an arrogant antagonistic jerk, which is why he has such difficulty getting interviews.  If you listen to the interview, its obvious that even though he says he's kidding, he's doing his best to anger Revis and antogonize him, and worst of all, trying to discredit his play. 
Right on King! Francesa is a master baiter.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:53 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

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

Ladies and gentleman, I give you Josh Katzowitz, media apologist and clueless hack.

How does he look good? He berates an athlete who actually granted him an interview even though he's burned turf with everyone else in the organization mostly because they're on ESPN radio and go to the equally incompetent Michael Kay Show. That makes him look petty, not good.

He looks like Chris Matthews. You know the blowhard on MSNBC who is the butt of jokes and has the paltry ratings. He harps on a point which obviously Revis tried to graciously answer. Then he "turns up the heat" insulting Revis' intelligence and showing his agenda. What hubris! Mike Francessa has played how much football? How much tape does he watch? He's simply echoing Jon Gruden who is simply one of the worst analysts ever to put on the head set. He may have pushed off, Marshall may have stumbled. The referee didn't make the call because there was doubt and because Revis has earned the rep as the best CB in the NFL. It's that simple. Would be ask Jeter why he got that 3-2 call? Would he harp on the fact Eli Manning's career has hinged on a miracle catch? No, they're his guys. He has a bias against the Jets, being a Giants fan and the fact the entire organization sees him as the poison he is. So he goes after Revis who in general is a very good dude. Then he pushes him like it's a national issue. Who does this schlub think he is? 

The PR guy shouldn't have said a word and gave him a wrap up sign. Revis then could have politely said he had an appointment and begged off. Then the next time Francessa's Show called, they could have turned down any request. That's the only area where the Jets could have looked better. I don't blame Revis an iota. In fact, I'm glad he took a shot at this master baiter.

As a Jets fan, I never listen to WFAN. I find it to be a joke station. ESPN isn't much better, but it's still not WFAN. Guys like Francessa permeate that station. There is a reason why his partner left,. There is a reason why CBS fired him. There is a reason Live @ the Play-By Play was the worst show in the history of sports. There is reason no one watches his late Sunday NBC wrap-up Show. Francessa is a shill. He's a loud-mouthed, no talent hack. In fact, he'd fit perfectly here @ CBS Sports,com with Ratto, Freeman, Prisco, Katzowitz, Brunell, Dodd, Berger and Knobler. In fact, he'd fit like a glove.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:53 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Francesa nailed it....even the ESPN Monday night crew thought Revis interferred with Marshall. It was a huge turning point in the game, especially with the Jets offense struggling in the early going. Revis had a handful of Marshall's jersey while the ball was in the air. By definition...that's a it holding or pass interference...your not allow to make contact with a WR beyond 5 yards and especially not while the ball is in the air.  Any other time that play gets called. I think Marshall's comments prior to the game that week had a lot to do with why it wasn't called along with Revis being billing as the best conerback in the game. Any other cornerback wouldn't be allowed to get away with as much contact as Revis is afforded.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:14 pm

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

It was NOT a penalty beacus the refs did not throw a flag. Reevis is a player and plays the game. He doesn;t make calls. The ref shopudl b the one scrutinized not Reevis. So basicall;y, and no offense but Reevis' opinion of teh whole situastion means nothing. Francessa shoudl be calling the Main office of teh referees. Leave Reevis alone, should Reevis have stopped in the middle and told teh ref it really was a penalty? Is this schoolyard pickup? Maybe in the MLB the catcher's should call balls and strikes and let the first base coach call plays at first.

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:53 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize


Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:52 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Hey Francesca...are you allowed to miss one? Look, I saw the replay five times on monday, and I even watched it another five times this morning after seeing what an ass you made of yourself. Marshall broke from the line of scrimmage as though he was going to slant out into the corner of the end zone, but then flagged the other way over the middle, runnning head-down, head-first into Revis. When Revis stood his ground as opposed to toppling over, Marshall stumbled to get to the inside of Revis, but Moore had already thrown the pass to the area of contact, where Revis was waiting with open arms. You didn't see Marshall complaining about that one on Monday. And I didn't hear him tell the media once that a flag should've been thrown.

People like Francesca are the manipulators of the mass media industry, those who can't help but insert opinion into content (he was clearly trying to convince Revis that he was right). Now he does have a forum on his show(a large on at that) where he can just tell everyone what he thinks. But Revis is absolutely right about this...Mikey CANNOT serve simultaneous roles as an interviewer and talking head. That's what Bill O'Reilly does. That's why most of our country is in the dark

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:39 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I am appaulled at the fact that when a writer/reporter/talk show host has a run in with an athlete that the defenders right or wrong auto-matically bring race into it. Does it ever occur to people that the writer/reporter/talkshow host, may have a legitamate case and is the athlete who is in the wrong and not just because of his skin color.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:35 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I rarely respond on these sites but I have to say something when someone gets an attitude and so obviously has NO IDEA what they are talking about.  If you watch the game to that point Marshalls objective from the first play was to use his size advantage on Revis.  HE created contact on every play and was trying to do so again.  He lost his balance and if anything Revis may have kept him alive as a receiver on the play.  The jersey grasp had no effect and was a great example of NO ADVANTAGE, NO FOUL officiating.  There are a lot of people include the pompus as_  Francesa that should learn the game and how it is officiated before talking!!

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