Darrelle Revis spent one year with the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, winning a Super Bowl along the way before returning to the New York Jets, and the veteran cornerback isn't showing his former team or quarterback a lot of support around the Deflategate scandal.
Speaking to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis said the Patriots' history of breaking the rules is something that can't be hidden for this particular situation:
Everybody's blowing it up because it is Tom Brady. I understand that. But if (the NFL) feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that's that. (The Patriots) have a history of doing stuff. You can't hide that.… Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.
Revis added, "Stuff repeatedly happens [with the Patriots], then that's it. ... You got Spygate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence."
In one of the most interesting comments—since it goes against the grain of what players often say—Revis said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's power as "judge, jury and executioner" isn't something players should complain about because it's a collectively bargained arrangement between the union and owners.
"Everybody signed off on it…. Why didn't we stand up when it was time to stand up?" Revis said. "You can talk about it after the fact, but we all agreed to it. So [the union's] got to point the finger back at [the union]."
As far as whether the four-game suspension levied against Brady for his role in Deflategate was too harsh, Revis said if the NFL believes Brady "did what he's done, then the suspension is the suspension. I'm not the commissioner and don't make the rules."
When asked if he believes Brady is a cheater, Revis responded, "I don't know. I don't care. It doesn't matter. If people want to judge him as a cheater, that's their opinion." He concluded by taking a macro-level view on the possibility Brady is innocent, noting there are "people in the world that get convicted all the time that didn't do the crime."
Revis has never been one to shy away from offering his opinion. In 2010, he made it public knowledge that he wanted the Jets to make him the highest-paid cornerback in football. Some players will button up when it comes to discussing things, but credit the 29-year-old for his willingness to provide an opinion.
Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports wonders if any beloved Boston athlete has fallen out of favor faster than Revis:
Having been on both sides of it, Revis certainly knows the intensity of the Patriots-Jets rivalry. His comments don't paint a flattering picture of the team that helped him win a championship, but his job isn't to be a spokesman for New England anymore.
Revis will see his former teammates twice in the upcoming season, once on Oct. 25 in Foxborough and again on Dec. 27 at MetLife Stadium. You can bet Brady and Co. will be looking forward to both matchups against their former teammate.