Brandon Marshall blamed Darrelle Revis for “baiting” him into throwing a slap at Jets camp on Friday.
Marshall and Revis were going back and forth taunting each other throughout the practice Friday, according to reports. At one point, Marshall tried to slap Revis with an open hand but missed.
“I beat him twice times in a row, and, on the third, he swung and hit me in the face,” Marshall told reporters. “Ever since then, it got really competitive. That came back up in that moment. I told him, 'Don't ever put your hands in my face again like that.' He kind of baited me to do it, and I did it. It kind of went too far, but there's a thin line between football and being a man.”
Revis, who was practicing fully for the first time Friday since off-season surgery, did not speak with reporters after the practice. The star cornerback was lined up against Marshall for much of the day, and the two reportedly exchanged heated words whenever they bested the other.
Jets coach Todd Bowles said he was fine with the talking as long as it did not escalate.
“You're going to get pissed off in camp as a player. It's not charm school,” Bowles said. “They play football. Both of them got to where they were for making plays and not backing down. Neither player is going to back down. You like that about the competitiveness, you just have to keep it clean. For the most part, they did.”