Darrelle Revis picked up his first ever victory as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, but his focus was not solely on his current team after the game. During a chat with Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post, Revis blasted “bitter” New York Jets fans for sending him death threats and getting on his case since he was traded in April.
“I get harassed every day on Twitter [by Jets fans], and I barely even tweet,” the star cornerback said. “And you just get tired of it. You’ve got to have a backbone, because guys are saying, ‘F–k you!’ and ‘I want to kill you!’ It’s crazy, but I’ve been getting death threats from them since my first holdout [in 2010]. It’s just bitter Jets fans.”
Revis admitted that he was annoyed by the Jets fan who asked him if he would rather be making $12 million and winning in New York as opposed to $16 million and losing in Tampa earlier this month. The 28-year-old’s response made it sound like he only cares about money.
“I said what I said, and I meant it — to that particular person,” Revis said. “It don’t have to be toward the New York Jets or nothing. They’re trying to say I’m money hungry, but I’m not really concerned about that. I used to play in New York, so I’m used to getting booed. I’m a pro about that, and that’s nothing I’m concerned about.”
He added that the people who are close to him know how badly he wants to win a Super Bowl, which is all that matters. Revis also said he has hardly paid attention to what the Jets have done this season. He said New York fans should do the same with him.
“They’re still not over the fact that I’m not there no more, and they give me crap all the time on Twitter,” he said. “It don’t help with the record [the Buccaneers have], but at the same time, just let it go. I’m not there no more, Jets fans. I’m not there. When I left, I left with class. I didn’t leave saying, ‘Eff the Jets organization’ or anything like that. You’ve got to move on.”
To an extent, Revis is right. It doesn’t really matter if he forced his way out of New York or if the Jets didn’t want him anymore. Their team is currently 5-4 and in the playoff hunt. It’s time to leave the past in the past.
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