FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis acknowledged Friday that he was ticketed for speeding while driving to the team’s facility for a meeting before practice Thursday.
The Jets confirmed that the star player received a ticket for speeding — he says he was going 80 mph in a 40 mph zone — and careless driving on Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston, N.J.
“I mean, I’m not a speedster,” Revis said. “I don’t do that. I was a little late for work and I was just trying to get here to work. You face the consequences when you speed and that’s what happens.”
Revis spoke with both coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum about the incident after he arrived late for the meeting.
“We can all take notice of it,” Ryan said. “Obviously, you’ve got to slow down. He was running late, that’s not an excuse. You’d hate to see him or anybody be careless where you put somebody else at risk, put yourself at risk, and that’s a reminder for all of us.”
Revis, who said the officer who pulled him over recognized him, won’t fight the ticket.
“I’m a citizen,” Revis said, “so I’ve got to follow the rules as well as everybody else.”
It’s been a rough season for Revis, who missed training camp because of a long contract holdout, then sat out two games with a strained left hamstring. He returned Monday night in the team’s win over Minnesota, but said the leg hurt him throughout.
Revis is listed as questionable for this week’s game at Denver. He’s traveling with the team, and it will be Ryan’s call as to whether Revis plays.
It’s the latest negative headline for the Jets. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested on drunken driving charges on Sept. 21. He’s due back in court on Nov. 9, and if convicted, could face up to a year in jail.
New York was also the subject of an NFL investigation into how the team treated a Mexican television reporter during practice and in the locker room. The NFL responded to the situation involving Ines Sainz of TV Azteca by developing a workplace conduct program, underwritten by Jets owner Woody Johnson, to educate players and staffs of all 32 teams.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.