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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 14, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:35 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I'm not Francesca's biggest fan but all those out there trashing him are as myopic as Revis.  Revis went back to the issue of the penalty, not Francesa.  Listen to the interview again, and watch it.  He's got a smile on his face the whole time.  And I bet Revis did too.  It's the PR guy who comes out of this looking like a right pr!ck.  

Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:33 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I am not a Jet fan OR a Reavis fan BUT of course nobody is talking about the play before when Marshall pushed off on Reavis for a 20+ yard gain!
You all can't have it both ways!!! If pass interference is going to be called on Reavis THEN offensive pass interference should have been called on
Marshall the play before.  

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:32 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Revis yanked down on the reciever's jersey while the ball was in the air on the way to said reciever -  That is pass interference the last time I checked - 

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:29 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

I am a Dolphins fan and Revis did not make illegal contact, interfere or anything else.  Why is this such a big issue?  The funny thing are the fans and media who want to criticize a player for making a play for his team - makes no sense.  I just wish the Dolphins could make some plays :)

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:10 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Francesa mentioned the play one time during the beginning of the interview. It was REVIS who brought the play back up while answering a question, and when he brought it back up, REVIS was more agitated than before, even though Francesa said nothing more about the play at that point.

Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:49 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Screw Mike Francesa, what a useless turd!!

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:38 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Francesa puhsed it too much, from the 5 minute mark on, he wouldn't let it go. What was he expecting, for Revis to say, "Yup, that was a penalty. The ref should have called it". That's ridiculous if he expected Revis to say that. Why not just say, hey, we'll have to agree to disagree. Anyway,  Moore threw it way behind Marshall and it looked like the Dolphins didnt even try and tackle him after the interception.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:36 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

To me it can go both ways, but the bottom line is it was a poor throw. BM turn in on his route, and the throw clearly went behind him.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:21 am

Revis hangs up on radio show, Jets apologize

Farmer Ted... you are very misinformed. For one, Mike Franscesa does not write a newspaper article...nor does he trash derek jeter.. he is not a beat reporter so he would never be in the jets locker roon...he does not go into any team locker rooms. the tone of the interview was not even harsh, they were having a friendly discussion and going back an forth. a PR guy should not even be on the phone during an interview. ridiculously unprofessional and bush. the reason that the jets do not normally go on his show is that they dont get along and espn which broadcasts jet games and has local programming here asked them not to send people on his show because he trounces them in the ratings. he did a whole day from their training camp this year and the jets offered to give him access to their players during the year but not the playoffs and he said no...just becuase he is a not an a** kisser like guys on espn who try to be buddies with the players does not mean he is trying to make himself the story

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:28 am
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