FOXBORO -- Sunday night, a fewhours after the Patriots crushing, last-minute loss to the New York Giants, Kyle Arrington had had enough with the negativity cluttering his Twitter timeline. "Don't hop back on the bandwagon later," tweeted Arrington. He included the hashtag "fakefans" to amplify his point. Monday, Arrington told me his ire wasn't directed at the fans who showed up at Gillette Stadium and verbally registered their displeasure. "It was just emotional," Arrington explained. "Emotions were running high. I didn't mean anything by it. I wasn't even talking about the fans (in the stadium), I was talking about people who follow me on Twitter just talking bad about me, the team, the defense. It was just stupid."Arrington had a terrific game until the Giants final drive when he got whistled for a long pass interference penalty then beaten for a touchdown by Mario Manningham. He was responsible for saving the Patriots at least seven points earlier with a pass breakup at the goal line and an end zone pick."Ignore the noise is one of the things we preach here and it was out of character on my part (to respond)," said Arrington who added that he enjoys the Twitter back and forth with fans.
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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.
Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.
Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.
Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.
The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.
Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.
Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.
The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.
Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.
Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.
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