Revis, 31, was facing five criminal charges relating to the incident prior to Wednesday’s preliminary hearing in Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) court.
“What happened is in the past now and all I can do is move forward,” Revis told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala after being exonerated.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told NFL.com that the incident remains under review as part of the league’s personal conduct policy.
Revis’ longtime friend, Rashawn Bolton, testified that he came to Revis’ aid during the alleged Feb. 12 incident and was responsible for knocking out two men, Kinkhabwala reported. Bolton said he intervened when he saw two men attacking Revis. He testified that he knocked out the two men and said it was his voice on a video released by TMZ showing the immediate aftermath of the incident.
“Darrelle Revis is a peaceful, quiet, private individual and a law-abiding citizen,” Robert Del Greco Jr., Revis’ attorney, told reporters after the hearing. “A neutral, detached, disinterested judge determined that there isn’t even probable cause for this case to warrant further trial consideration.”
“There is no reason these charges should have been brought.”
Bolton’s attorney told Kinkhabwala that there “unequivocally” was no financial incentive for client to speak up for his role in the incident. Bolton did not speak to reporters when he left the courthouse.
Revis was initially charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor. According to the criminal complaint compiled by the Pittsburgh Police Dept., the two victims said they were knocked unconscious following a physical and verbal confrontation with Revis and another man (later identified as Bolton), although they said they couldn’t remember who punched him.
A friend of the two victims who witnessed the incident told police the men were unconscious “for at least 10 minutes.” When asked by police if Revis or Bolton was responsible for knocking out his two friends, the witness said, “I don’t know, it happened so fast.”
One of the men who was knocked out was diagnosed with an orbital floor fracture and the other was diagnosed with a contusion to his cheek.