NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 11:10 PM
Is there a rift between Darrelle Revis and Tom Brady? The two players did little to clear the air this week.
The perceived divide originated in October after the first meeting of the season between the Jets and Patriots, a game Gang Green lost by seven points. In a video posted to NFL.com, Brady can be seen briefly shaking Revis’ hand after the game without slowing down from his jog. Some viewed the abbreviated interaction as odd considering Brady and Revis were then just months removed from winning a Super Bowl together.
Either way, the video took a backseat in recent weeks. But with the Jets and Patriots set to clash for the second time this season on Sunday, both players were pressed about the postgame handshake.
Revis was asked Thursday whether he took anything away from the perception that Brady was irked over the cornerback’s comments to the Daily News last spring regarding Deflategate.
“What stuff did I say in the offseason?” Revis said. “What comments?”
In May, Revis told The News that the Patriots have a “history of doing stuff, “ alluding to Deflategate and the other scandals during Brady’s career in New England.
“If (the NFL) feels (Brady) did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that,” Revis said then. “You can’t hide that … Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.
“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble. …When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got Spygate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”
Revis eventually conceded Thursday afternoon, and when asked again if he read anything into the quick handshake, Revis said, “No, but I think you did,” before repeating, “It’s a handshake” three times in an exasperated tone.
Did Brady give him the cold shoulder?
“A cold shoulder is when you don’t give a handshake,” Revis said. “He gave me a handshake.”
Brady opted for a less confrontational approach in his press conference in Foxborough. The Patriots quarterback was first asked if anything Revis said this offseason changed his opinion of his former teammate. Brady dodged the question, rattling off 177 words about what a “unique” and “great” player Revis is.
Next came an almost identical follow-up question: “Has your opinion of (Revis) changed at all from him being here to now based off anything that happened this offseason?”
This time, Brady answered with a firm “No.”
Read into those answers how you want, but if a rift does exist, it wouldn’t be overly shocking. After all, in June, Revis’ mother, Diana Askew, was denied entrance to the Patriots’ Super Bowl ring ceremony.
Revis was unable to attend the event because of a prior commitment, and figured because players were allowed to bring a guest, Askew could accept the ring in his place. However, things didn’t play out that way, as the Patriots claimed the invitation to the event was not transferrable.
On top of that, in April Revis appeared to get into it with Patriots fans on Instagram, writing some disparaging comments about Brady and Bill Belichick from his account. Revis, though, later claimed his account had been “hacked.”
On Thursday, the Pro Bowl cornerback was asked straight up if he likes Brady as a person.
“Tom’s a great player,” Revis responded. “He is.”