October 21, 2011
The New York Jets, who just two weeks ago were airing their dirty laundry publicly to the media, are now taking potshots at the media in another bizarre instance for a franchise that seemingly can't get out of its own way.
On Friday afternoon in a call-in with WFAN's Mike Francesa, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis(notes) had his interview abruptly halted by a member of the Jets media relations staff. Francesa was incessantly asking Revis about his 100-yard interception of Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore(notes), where Revis seemed to get away with holding and downfield contact on intended target Brandon Marshall(notes). The interview was going along fine until Francesa kept hammering at Revis about that one play, trying to get the Pro Bowl cornerback to concede that he got away with one.
You can see the interview here, via Jimmy Traina of SI.com.
Several minutes before the exchange got heated, Francesa said that Revis was "in my estimation, the best defensive player in the league." It went sour after that in an interview that aired live not just on WFAN but nationally on the YES Network:
Francesa: "You are still the only one in the world who doesn't think that was a penalty."
Revis: "I don't care! I don't care what everybody thinks! I don't care what you think, I don't care what the whole world thinks."
What followed then was more testy interchange, resulting in a Jets spokesman getting on the line and saying "Darrelle, Darrelle stop."
Francesa has had a rocky relationship with the Jets, dating back to his criticism of Jets head coach Rex Ryan. But Francesa and Revis have always been cordial if not downright chummy, so what happened on Friday afternoon was a surprise exchange. After being interrupted by the Jets staffer, Revis fired a closing shot at the radio host.
"This is why I don't want to get interviewed by him," Revis said. "Whatever dude."
A moment later, Revis said "Bye" and hung up the phone. Francesa, shocked by the outburst and the fact that a member of the Jets media relations staff interrupted his interview, was none too pleased by the sound of the dial tone.
"This is why I don't talk to the Jets. I'll tell you right now I was only kidding around with him," Francesca said.
"Now I'm going to be serious for a second, yes this was a penalty."
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