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(NEW YORK) — The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets over comments made by team owner Woody Johnson during an end-of-season press conference.
The NFL office is looking into whether Johnson committed a violation for comments he made regarding cornerback Darrelle Revis.
During a December 29th press conference, when Johnson announced the firing of Rex Ryan and John Idzik, a reporter responding to Johnson’s acknowledgement that the team should have spent more money last season asked, “how much of it was your decision [to not re-sign Revis], when he made it clear he wanted to come back?”
“Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten him for that, I probably would have taken him,” Johnson responded. “It was our best judgment to do what we did, but I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”
Johnson realizing he made a mistake in his comments issued a statement the next day saying he, “misspoke” and called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to “emphasize those points.”
If found in violation of the league’s anti-tampering rules, Johnson could face a fine or the team could forfeit a draft pick.
Revis is due $20 million next year as a contract option with the Patriots. If they decline the option, he will become a free agent.
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