It’s been a while since Darrelle Revis donned the green and white. It’s been over a year since he tore his ACL in a game against in Miami, an injury that may have helped lead to his departure from the team. That hasn’t stopped Jets fans from being angry and bitter that he’s now a Tampa Bay Buccanneer. After last night, in which the Bucs got their first win of 2013, Revis had a few words about the Jets fans that are still giving him hell.
“I get harassed every day on Twitter [by Jets fans], and I barely even tweet. And you just get tired of it,” Revis said after Tampa Bay’s 22-19 victory over the Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium.
“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.”
The harassment got worse when a fan asked him on twitter if the one-year, $16 million deal he got from the Bucs was more worthwhile than the $12 million he would have earned for the Jets. Revis said it certainly was, and that ignited a firestorm of backlash from fans. Revis insisted that the notorious New York media blew it out of proportion and that they need to drop it.
“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.”
Revis continued on to say that money wasn’t a factor in his departure and that he was classy on his way out of New York, which is more than he can say about the fanbase when he departed for Tampa Bay.
“As long as the people that I’m close with know me and know what type of person I am and how I want to win a Super Bowl, that’s that,” Revis said. “I don’t need to answer to really nobody else. I did answer to him, because I’m getting tired of [Jets fans] always being negative. You don’t want to hear that.
“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.”
Darrelle Revis seems to be a player scrutanized by the New York media simply because he was ready to move on. Is it simply a case of overzealous fans? Or is it our social media generation feeling like they can say whatever they want from behind the safe confines of a keyboard? Here’s a message to the Jets fans that are still threatening Darrelle Revis over a year after he left the team.
YOU are making the fanbase look bad. YOU are the ones that look bad, not the guy who left the team for more money. Chill out, sit down, and watch the game. Step away from the keyboard and enjoy the game instead of spreading vile hate to people you don’t know and never will.
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