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Darrelle Revis Stunt Smacks of Immaturity, Hurts New York Jets

NEW YORK - MARCH 16:  New York Jets Darrelle Revis poses for a portrait on March 16, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Robert HoffmanCorrespondent IJune 15, 2010

It’s one thing for a player to sit out workouts or team practices with dissatisfaction over his contract situation.

It's quite another for a player to fake an injury during practice and then admit it as a way to protest stalled contract talks.

Yet, that is actually what New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis did Monday.

Toward the end of the team's first practice, he told defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman his head was bothering him and went to the sideline.

"I was just a little lightheaded today, a hamstring pull, too," he said with a chuckle.

Revis contiued, sharing his contract problems. 

"Nah, we're going through it right now. There's two different opinions going on, and I'm going to do what's best for me and my family."

What's next, Darrelle?

Are you going to let a receiver run past you on a fly pattern and claim with a goofy grin that you slipped?

This kind of behavior is all too familiar.

You see it from the six-year old who doesn't get his way in kickball and takes his ball home in the middle of the game, ruining the experience for all the other kids.

When you hold out, you might be impacting your team, but at least you aren't giving the pretense of something else.

In short, the team can focus on the players in attendance and come up with contingency plans.

Instead, Revis' actions have to make teammates wonder whether he is giving his full effort or whether a mistake or injury is nothing more than a childish contract ploy.

One thing is clear.

Darrelle's "Revis Island" is a destination based on false advertising right now.

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