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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: 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!!

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:12 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I am far from being a Jets fan (though as a Pitt fan, I'll always root for Revis), but there's no way that's a penalty. Marshall tripped into Revis, who briefly grabbed his jersey (probably to stay upright). There was very little contact, and it was clearly initiated by the reciever. On top of that, as Revis pointed out to that moron interviewer, the ball wasn't thrown anywhere near Marshall's hands; it was thrown directly to Revis. In this case, the "have you ever played football?" card is playable; I'd like Francesca to run full speed next to someone, have that person trip into him, and see what he does. The Jets may be a bunch of loudmouths (well, their coach does his best to turn them into jagoffs), but Revis is the best in the game and doesn't have to waste his time answering to some jackass that won't let go of a lame topic.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:55 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Was there a flag? Uhhh, NO! So, how could it be a penalty! Enough said! Leave it alone.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:39 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

If you watched all the replays ESPN was showing on all the pass attempts where Marshall and Revis went head to head, both were jostling each other the whole time.  The refs had to know this was going to be an entertaining battle for the fans and they, in my opinion, were consistent in the non-calls.  It didn't really follow the rulebook, but at least they were consistent, and that's what guys want on the field, just like hitters in baseball.  One ump's strike zone may not be the same as the rest, but if he calls it consistently, at least you know what you're dealing with each time you step up to the plate.  Did Revis hold Marshall on the play?  Looks like he did.  Of course we're seeing it from four different angles at super slow motion speed, so it's easy to see it.  It might have been hidden from the one ref who is assigned to watch that portion of the field.  The problem is guys like Francesa who don't know when to let go.  At some point you have to realize that you're just annoying the person you're interviewing - try twice to get Revis to admit it, then move on.  I don't listen to his show, but it sounds like there's a reason that Revis was (previously) "the only member of the Jets organization that likes him".  Guess Francesa was trying to ensure everyone on team green didn't like him.  Congrats Mike, sounds like mission accomplished.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:30 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

It's not "incidental" when a corner grabs the reciever's jersey, and yanks him down the field, then stops and catches the ball  - It was PASS INTERFERENCE and it was a plain as day -  


 You can't grab a handfull of jersey and yank on the reciver when the ball is in the air en route to said reciever -  Wake up dude -  

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:18 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

It was incidental contact for the receiver ran right into him and tied Revis.  The quarterback thru the ball right at Revis.  Stop getting onto Revis because he is of another shade.  The dudes is just playing a game.  It is plain as day the play, but you gotta mess with everyone's head just to write a freaking story!  Just to make white space have black print....a little ironic???  Try writing a meaningful story.  It would be nice. 

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:16 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Francesa is a turd and everyone in the world knows that but him.

Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:01 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Marshall turned up field directly into Revis' chest, and then took the wrong route...Francesa is NEVER wrong is he?

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:52 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

It was pass interference -  Plain and simple -  Reavis did a masterful job of disguising the infraction, but Reavis grab Marshall's jersey and jerked him down the field, then stopped and made the catch -  It should have been a penalty -  PERIOD -  END OF STORY - 

Reavis got away with one -  It happens -  he should be man enough to admit that it could have been called a penalty but he got away with it -  Instead, he's not honest with the interviewer, and he's not being honest wioth himself -  His ego is too big to admit he interfered on the play -  The Jets have too many of these type of people and players in their organization -  They will never win the big game with their fat ass idiot of a coach -   

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:49 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I'm a little confused, Brian.  When the Tigers beat the Yanks, it doesn't matter because they get  'embarrassed' by St Louis in 06 and lose again to Texas this year.  Isn't that similar to Jets winning meaningless playoff games only to lose before they get to the championship?  I don't care about the Jets one way or the other, but they're not very good.  Sanchize is average to poor.  The RB's are below average (LT was great, GREAT a few years back, but not any more).  I think, amazingly, that the Jets are going to get worse, that their best is behind them.  Time to start over.  You've got this massive double standard.  I think the Patriots are your Yankees.  You think that beating them somehow validates your team.  But in the same way that beating the Yankees is no longer a huge deal, neither is beating New England.  Let's face it - the Tigers and Jets are similar - decent, not great teams, that can't make it to the big game. 

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