Posted November 12, 2013

Darrelle Revis says bitter Jets fans won’t leave him alone on Twitter

AFC East, New York Jets, NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Darrelle Revis is ready to move on with his career in Tampa Bay.

Darrelle Revis is ready to move on with his career in Tampa Bay. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

You’d think that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis would have been happy with his new surroundings on Monday night. After all, his team got off the schnied with a 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins, and Revis took in the fourth-quarter interception that ended Miami’s last attempt at a comeback. But after the game, Revis told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that he’s got a beef with the same New York Jets fans who cheered for him when he was the team’s best player from 2007 through ’11.

“I get harassed every day on Twitter [by Jets fans], and I barely even tweet. And you just get tired of it,” Revis told Hubbuch. “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 missed most of the 2012 season with an ACL injury, and new Jets general manager John Idzik seemed non-committal about Revis’ future with the team from the start. After a lot of contentious comments back and forth, the Jets traded Revis to the Buccaneers for Tampa Bay’s first-round pick in the 2013 draft. The Jets used that pick on Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, a serious contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Jets, however, took Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with their own first-round pick, and Milliner has not performed well to date.

Revis, now in the first year of a six-year, $96 million contract, is essentially playing year-to-year for the rest of his NFL career, because there is no guaranteed money in the deal. Still, he says, Jets fans see him as money-hungry, and they’re not shy about expressing their feelings on social media. This escalated when one fan asked him early in November if the $16 million he was earning on a losing team was better than the $12 million he’d be making with the 5-4 Jets. Revis replied that it was.

“They’re still not over the fact that I’m not there no more, and they give me crap all the time on Twitter,” Revis said. “If they would understand the business of it and understand what happened, then maybe they would know and maybe they would quit trying to point the finger at me. That’s where it is.

“[...] 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.”

Revis has, but some fans of his old team certainly haven’t.

28 comments
CalTony
CalTony

A grown man shouldn't use the phrase "I barely even tweet." Shut up. Be a man. Go out and just play the game.  What a stupid, dumb idiot. Now you'll be harassed even more, you big dummy.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

The so-called stories that are reported on sports blogs.

Wojo1
Wojo1

It's a good thing the Bucs got Revis they could have been winless going into Monday nights game....What? They were? Well what has Revis done to improve the team? Oh, nevermind................

MrArlington
MrArlington

Every big name athletes gets harassed on twitter. If you can't take it then don't use twitter. I like Revis but he comes off as a big baby.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I suspect it is far more likely the hate tweets come from Tampa fans annoyed that their team are wasting $16 million on Revis Island. So far the Bucs are paying $8 million per interception. 

No reason for Jets fans to be bitter, their team is 5 and 4, while Tampa (and Revis) are 1 and 8.

Fifilo
Fifilo

Is there any other type?

tshangreaux
tshangreaux

I wonder if Revis has considered staying off Twitter.  Hmmm...

M20
M20

BREAKING STORY: Sports fans overreact on Twitter. News at 11.

MickHayes
MickHayes

A "Veteran Team Player" would have knocked down that 4th down Miami Hail Mary pass last night and saved his team 50 yd. rather than pad his interception stats.

dahlqvist
dahlqvist

The greed-head doesn't want to be critisized for being a greed-head.

TarugoKing
TarugoKing

I used to follow the Jets until they let TEBOW go. May their team lose for eternity!!!! BTW, I'm a Denver fan!!!! :)

djp9
djp9

Sounds to me like some of his twitter nemeses have posted here already lol.

Never liked the J-E-T-S or their fans. Found it meaningful that Firemen Ed I believe his name was went out to pasture because of the actions of OTHER jets (how it should be spelled IMHO) fans. 

Are most jets fans yankee fans too? This would see to make sense to me.

MarkB1
MarkB1

Wah Wah Wah. Get off twitter you twit. 

DavidP2
DavidP2

He left with class?  And the measurement of class is everything above "Eff the Jets organization"?  Wow, how the standards by which we measure class have come down from such lofty heights.  From his hold outs on the Jets to his most recent classy move, which I am sure the Bucs faithful loved:  Losing is worth getting paid.  Hmmm...  Does that sound like a team player to you? 

donald5
donald5

I suppose he could just ignore them.  

CBone
CBone

@MrArlington

Ok, so having a twitter account and being a professional athlete should make you take "DEATH THREATS" like a man, and stop crying? Interesting philosophy you have there....

CBone
CBone

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

So, one defensive back is supposed to change a losing and rebuilding teams fate overnight? I like how you think.....

CBone
CBone

@tshangreaux 

Right. What is the point of having a direct line to hate mail. I would at least make them spend stamp money. 

CBone
CBone

@MickHayes 


True. When playing a fast paced NFL game, you have plenty of time choose a deflection over a pick; Oh, especially when opposite team members are around. There is NO WAY they could possibly catch a deflected pass. That NEVER happens in the NFL. 

CBone
CBone

@dahlqvist 

A greed head: Someone who actually wants to be compensated well for sacrificing their body and very possibly their future brain function in return for making their employers billions of dollars every year. 

Yep, makes a lot of sense to me. Shame on him for thinking he is worth anything. He should sacrifice his health for 300k. That should cover a 30th of his future medical bills. 

Dshban11
Dshban11

@TarugoKing You realize Denver let TEBOW go too, right?

M20
M20

@djp9 Oh, and Fireman Ed was kind of a tool.

M20
M20

@djp9 Jets fans are no different than most other NFL fans. And Jets fans are more commonly Mets fans while Giants fans are more commonly Yankees fans, though obviously there are lots of exceptions.

CBone
CBone

@DavidP2 

Leaving an team with class is anything that would enable you as an individual to care for yourself, and your loved ones. These people don't owe these teams anything but their best work for the money they are paid. Also, the bucs are now using their 3rd and 4th string players as starters. Any team doing so will have a record to reflect that. You could put Nick Foles(My fav current starting QB, but feel free to place your own) on this team, and without a running game to free up pass opportunities, he would falter. This guy is one step in the winning direction. 

CBone
CBone

@donald5 

If you receive death threats when you know that you are easily accessible to the public, and you know how stupid people can be, you tend to have a hard time ignoring them. 

CBone
CBone

@NoQNoSuperBowl 

Yep! Cancel account=problem over. 

Probably a tough decision for a concussed jock to make.

CBone
CBone

@Dshban11

You do know that there is a difference between a trade, and a waiver, right? "LET GO" and "TRADE" are two different concepts entirely.