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Few people expected the New York Jets to be anywhere near relevant this late in the year prior to the start of this season. However, the Jets are off to a 5-4 start and head into week 11 with a 1 game lead over the dysfunctional Miami Dolphins for the last wild card spot. One would think that The Jets' success thus far this season would have Jets fans thinking of the playoffs rather than their former star cornerback, Darrelle Revis. But Revis told the New York Post last night that Jets fans have not forgotten about him.
I get harassed every day on Twitter [by Jets fans], and I barely even tweet. And you just get tired of it...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.

Now, one can certainly understand the fans of a team expressing disappointment over the loss of a star player (Welker anyone?), but constant death threats and harassment are way over the line. The NFL is a business in which the players have a very small window of time to maximize their earnings while they still have the skills to play in the league. Darrelle Revis did what he thought was best for himself and his family and he had every right to do so.

It's not even as if the Jets were not compensated for Revis. He didn't leave as a free agent, he was traded and the team received the 13th overall pick (Sheldon Richardson) in the 2013 draft, which is more than fair for a player coming off of an ACL injury.

It's time for Jets fans to let it go, support the players who are on their team, and hope their other first round pick, CB Dee Milliner, turns out to be half the player that Revis was. If he does, the Jets defense will be just fine.

-Ryan Cereola

Ryan Cereola 11/12/2013 05:19:00 PM Edit

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