Woody Johnson says he “misspoke” when he tampered with Revis

AP

Jets owner Woody Johnson violated the NFL’s tampering rules today when he made comments about wanting Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis to return to New York. Now Johnson is trying to walk back those comments.

In a statement issued by the team, Johnson said he hadn’t meant to say what he said about Revis.

“I misspoke today when I commented on Darrelle Revis,” Johnson said. “I would never interfere in the contractual relationship of a player with another team and should not have used those words. I called Robert Kraft this afternoon to emphasize those points.”

It remains to be seen whether Kraft has accepted Johnson’s explanation, and it remains to be seen whether the league office has anything to say about Johnson’s comments. But Johnson appears to have learned a valuable lesson: It’s best to keep your mouth shut when it comes to talking about a player under contract to another team.

20 responses to “Woody Johnson says he “misspoke” when he tampered with Revis

  1. I believe him. The tampering rules are crazy strict, and it’s easy to cross the line without meaning to. I hope Robert Kraft accepts his apology, the league accepts it as a verbal blunder, and everyone can just move on.

  2. Apologies don’t cover up tampering charges. Patriots will vigorously pursue this, since it involves the Jets, the most hated rival for the 2 franchises.

  3. This probably was just an innocent ‘put your foot in your mouth statement’, on an emotional day for the Jets.. On the other hand, I could see Kraft taking the high road publicly but whispering in Goodell’s ear privately. After all, even though it was before Woody’s time, the Jets grabbed Parcells, stole CMartin with a poison pill, tried to block Belichick from coming here and were accused of tampering w/DBranch when he was holding out. Soooo….

  4. The only punishment that should result from this should be to ban the Jets from signing Revis this offseason. Nothing more or less.

  5. Really, Revis and his agent won’t get a feel for the FA market before deciding to re-up or not?
    It’s not like he didn’t know or wouldn’t find out the Jets or anyone else have interest in pursuing him. Non story.
    Sure it’s a rule… But all it does is keep ‘tampering’ private.

  6. Last I checked, Revis is under contract for next year with the Pats, yes it’s for a ton of money…but the Pats can either restructure the deal, keep it as is, or just cut him…the ball is entirely in their court….is it not? So Jets can only get Revis if the Pats cut him…

    …or did I misinterpret the rules on this?

  7. bigdaddy44 says:
    Dec 29, 2014 10:05 PM
    “The only punishment that should result from this should be to ban the Jets from signing Revis this offseason. Nothing more or less.”

    Can’t do it. The NFLPA wouldn’t let it happen. Not letting the Jets bid on Revis in FA might prevent him from making the most money he could get.
    That would open a whole new can or worms. The NFL telling players they can’t play for certain teams???
    The penalty is fines and or draft picks.

  8. I know Jets fand are saying, “Nothing to see here. Move along.” But the League takes these things very seriously since this will put extra competition in the Patriots salary negotiations. That means more money from teams to players and ultimately less total team profit. That is something the league will fight to uphold. Expect a stern unforgiving punishment.

  9. So a reporter asked a leading question (something missing in most of the reporting, he was directly asked the question), he answered, then realized what the situation was. And folks wonder why guys like lynch, foster, etc. don’t want to talk to the media. The reporter should lose his press credentials and team access if ANY actions are taken against Johnson.

  10. The Jets were the team to complain to the league about the Patriots video practice leading to the Spygate investigation. There is no doubt whatsoever that Woody’s comments equate to tampering. The Pats paid a stiff fine for their violation of the league rules, and the Jet’s owner was walked right into the crosshairs….It will be interesting to see what happens now that the shoe is on the other foot…(I am missing the Rex Ryan jokes already).
    I don’t see how the NFL can ignore this. It was too blatant.

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