On Friday, February 17, 2017, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was released on a non-monetary bond after his arraignment hearing. The NFL cornerback turned himself into authorities on Friday following an altercation that occurred between Revis and two men.

According to the police report, the altercation occurred around 2:43 a.m. The police report recorded the incident as follows[1]:

Revis was approached by Dallas Cousins, who asked if he was in fact Darrelle Revis. Revis confirmed his identity and Cousins asked Revis once again if it was him. Revis allegedly became “irate” and told Cousins to get out of his face.[2]

Cousins started recording the encounter on his phone as Revis walked away. Cousins continued recording. Once Revis saw he was being recorded, he pulled the phone from Cousins’ hand and attempted to delete the video. Cousins tried to get his phone back from Revis by pulling it out of Revis’ hands and then Revis threw the phone in the street.[3]  Cousins and Revis began arguing over the phone and Revis allegedly punched Cousins unconscious.[4]

The second person involved in the altercation, Zacheriah Jarvis, attempted to grab Cousins’ phone from Revis before he threw it into the street. After Revis threw the phone into the street, Jarvis was allegedly punched by Revis as well and knocked unconscious.[5]  There was second man at the scene who was with Revis, but his identity has not been released.


Cousins suffered from an orbital floor fracture[6], while Jarvis was diagnosed with a contusion on his cheek.[7]  As a result, Revis was charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor under Pennsylvania law.

  1. Two counts of aggravated assault[8]

Aggravated assault: “(a) – A person is guilty of aggravated assault if he: (1) attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”[9]

  1. One count of robbery[10]

Robbery: “(a)(1) A person is guilty of robbery if, in the course of committing a theft, he: (i) inflicts serious bodily injury upon another; (ii) threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate serious bodily injury; (iii) commits or threatens immediately to commit any felony of the first or second degree; (iv) inflicts bodily injury upon another or threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury; (v) physically takes or removes property from the person of another by force however slight.”[11] 18 Pa. C. S. §3701 (a)(1)

  1. One count of criminal conspiracy[12]

Criminal conspiracy: “(a) A person is guilty of conspiracy with another person or persons to commit a crime if with the intent of promoting or facilitating its commission he:(1) agrees with such other person or persons that they or one or more of them will engage in conduct which constitutes such crime or an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime.”[13] 18 Pa. C. S. §903 (a)(1)

  1. One count of terroristic threats (misdemeanor)[14]

Terroristic threats: “(a) A person commits the crime of terroristic threats if the person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a threat to: (1) commit any crime of violence with intent to terrorize another.”[15] 18 Pa. C. S. §2706 (a)(1)

Revis’ initial attorney described his conduct as an act of self-defense and believes that the altercation was not Revis’ fault.[16]


The 31-year-old cornerback is coming off a season that was not the best in his career.[17] Revis is guaranteed $6 million for 2017, but that number could decrease depending on what happens next in the case.[18]

According to NFL Network Insider, Ian Rapoport, if Revis is found guilty, reaches a plea deal, or is suspended, the $6 million may be voided in his contract “because of a clause that involves failure to appear . . . so if the Jets wait . . . they may actually be able to recoup all of that $6 million if he is suspended. If they cut him right now . . . then [they will] just pay him.”[19]  Revis is also set to receive a $2 million roster bonus on March 10, 2017. So, the Jets might make a decision on Revis’ future with the team before that date.[20]

A preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2017.[21]  But, the hearing has been pushed back to Wednesday, March 15, 2017.[22]

According to USA Today’s database of NFL player arrests[23], the most recent NFL player charged with a felony is Los Angeles Rams’ running back Tre Mason. He was charged with a third degree felony for “fleeing and eluding without regard for others’ safety or property” when police officers in Florida tried to stop Mason from “allegedly doing wheelies on an ATV” in late July 2016. Mason fled to his mother’s home as police officers followed him. [24]  Mason pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 7, 2017.[25]

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[1] GALLERY: Darrelle Revis criminal complaint document, WTAE (Feb. 16, 2017).

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

[4] Id.

[5] Id.

[6] What Are Facial Fractures?, WebMD (last visited Feb. 20, 2017).

[7] Austin Knoblauch, Darrelle Revis arraigned on charges, released on bond, NFL.com (Feb. 17, 2017).

[8] GALLERYsupra note 1.

[9] http://www.legis.state.pa.us/wu01/li/li/ct/htm/18/18.htm

[10] Knoblauch, supra note 7.

[11] http://www.legis.state.pa.us/wu01/li/li/ct/htm/18/18.htm

[12] Knoblauch, supra note 7.

[13] http://www.legis.state.pa.us/wu01/li/li/ct/htm/18/18.htm

[14] Knoblauch, supra note 7.

[15] http://www.legis.state.pa.us/wu01/li/li/ct/htm/18/18.htm

[16] News conference: Darrelle Revis’ attorney talks about alleged assault on South Side, WTAE (Feb. 16, 2017).

[17] Darrelle Revis: Career Stats, NFL.com (last visited Feb. 21, 2017).

[18] Knoblauch, supra note 7.

[19] Id.

[20] Manish Mehta, Embattled and delusional Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis: I had better stats than Deion Sanders, NY Daily News (Feb. 22, 2017).

[21] Knoblauch, supra note 7.

[22] Josh Alper, Darrelle Revis’ preliminary hearing pushed back to March 15, ProFootballTalk (Feb. 21, 2017).

[23] NFL Player Arrests, USA Today: NFL Arrest Database (last visited Feb. 20, 2017).

[24] Alden Gonzalez, Tre Mason arrested on felony fleeing charge for incident in July, ESPN.com (Jan. 11, 2017).

[25] Mark Inabinett, Tre Mason gets next court date for ATV charges, AL.com (Feb. 17, 2017).