NEW YORK (WFAN) — Should it have been a penalty or not?
On Oct. 21, 2011, WFAN’s Mike Francesa wanted to get an opinion straight from Darrelle Revis regarding the cornerback’s controversial 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
Well, he got it all right. And then Francesa — and listeners across the Tri-State area — got a dial tone.
The interview started innocently enough. Revis gave a quick recap of New York’s 24-6 win over the Dolphins. That was followed by a preview of the Jets’ Week 7 matchup at home against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.
Then Francesa began to push Revis on the play where the corner, as he made the crucial interception, appeared to pull at the jersey of Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall.
That’s when things got heated — in a hurry.
“I can say whatever I want to say,” exclaimed Revis, who insisted it was a clean play. “Did the ref throw the flag?”
No, Francesa replied, he didn’t.
“OK then!” said Revis. “I mean, this is the game, brother. What are you talking about?”
Francesa and Revis went back and forth on the issue for nearly four minutes.
“You are still the only one in the world who doesn’t think that was a penalty,” said Francesa.
“I don’t care!” said Revis, clearly annoyed. “I don’t care what everybody thinks! I don’t care what you think. I don’t care what the whole world thinks.
“You’re good at interviewing,” he added. “I’m good at what I do. Just leave it at that!”
A male voice was heard on Revis’ end toward what was to be the end of the interview. He said “Darrelle, stop,” and identified himself as Jared Winley of the Jets’ PR staff.
Revis was directed to hang up — and that was that.
Winley later called off-air to apologize on behalf of Revis for the sudden ending.
“In my judgment, given the tone of the interview, I should have asked Mike to move on to another topic, instead of instructing Darrelle to hang up the phone,” Winley said in a statement. “That was an error on my part. I’ve called Mike’s producer, and I apologized.”
Said Francesa: Apology accepted.
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