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Ex-Jets star Darrelle Revis sees all charges dropped in Pittsburgh assault case
Mar-15-2017 79 0


A judge tossed out criminal charges against cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday after his childhood friend testified that he was the one who knocked out two men in a street scuffle in Pittsburgh.

"If you was my friend and you said you was getting jumped, I'd help you," Rashawn Bolton, 31, told a prosecutor in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

Bolton said he pulled the accusers off Revis, and punched them after they turned on him. Bolton also said in the preliminary hearing that it was his voice heard on a video bragging, "I knocked both of these motherf------ out."

Jets cut Darrelle Revis two weeks after altercation in Pittsburgh
Bolton, who played high school football with Revis, left court without talking to reporters.

Revis, wearing a red-patterned suit and blue tie under a gray wool coat, arrived at court just before 1 p.m.

Revis, also 31, was charged with aggravated assault, robbery and other crimes after a February confrontation in his hometown with the two men.

The men told Pittsburgh police that they were assaulted while taking video of Revis on the street.

One of the men reportedly suffered broken bones in his face. Revis’ attorney claimed from the start that his client was not the aggressor in the early-morning clash.

Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor.

“They got this all wrong, absolutely all wrong," Revis attorney, Robert Del Greco Jr. told the court.

Bolton said he and Revis had been out drinking and went their separate ways after leaving a bar on Feb. 12.

A short time later, Bolton said he got a phone call from Revis saying “some guys were trying to jump him.”

When Bolton caught up with Revis, he said he saw his friend being assaulted by two men.

Bolton said he pulled the men off Revis, and that he punched and knocked one of the men out after he tried to attack him.


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In the end, a Suffolk County jury simply couldn’t buy the entire story that Alexander Bradley, the compromised star witness for the prosecution, was spinning.

So they found Aaron Hernandez not guilty on Friday of murdering Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston’s Theatre District. The jury deliberated for 37 and a half hours, spread out over six days.

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Too much of this case relied on the word of Bradley, an admitted drug and gun dealer who is serving time in Connecticut for an unrelated incident in which he shot up a Hartford nightclub after being involved in a gunfight. Bradley testified that Hernandez, angry at de Abreu for spilling a drink on him at a nightclub, was still fuming some two hours later when he unloaded five shots into the BMW carrying de Abreu and Furtado.

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On the witness stand Bradley acknowledged he was testifying as a means of revenge only because his preferred method – murdering Hernandez – was not available due to Hernandez being incarcerated.

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“The man who committed these crimes was given immunity by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will be out of prison soon,” defense attorney Ronald Sullivan said, referring to Bradley and according to Chris Villani of the Boston Herald.

Hernandez, 27, may have beaten the charge of the actual killings, but he was hardly innocent that night. He didn’t report the crime and afterward helped stash the murder car in a Connecticut house garage he was connected with.

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The trial played out across six weeks in downtown Boston, just across the street from where Hernandez’s former teammates held another Super Bowl parade and celebration in February.
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