Darrelle Revis, who rejoined the New England Patriots for their recent celebratory visit to the White House, will not be with his former teammates Sunday at a Super Bowl ring ceremony at Robert Kraft's home near Boston, sources said.
The star cornerback, who bolted the Patriots to sign a $70 million contract with the New York Jets this offseason, is unable to attend because of a prior commitment. He will be represented at Kraft's house, however. Going on his behalf will be his mother, Diana Askew.
This has become somewhat of a Patriots tradition. Kraft held the ring ceremony at his house after their 2004 and 2005 Super Bowl titles. The invitation from the owner included players now on other teams. It's not clear if Jets running back Stevan Ridley, who played four seasons for the Patriots, will attend.
Revis played only one season in New England, but he was a vital member of the team. Conspiracy theorists will wonder if Revis decided to stay away to avoid a potentially awkward situation, considering comments he made recently to the New York Daily News. Addressing DeflateGate, Revis was quoted as saying, "[The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that. ... Tom [Brady] was there when they did that stuff in the past. ... Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got Spygate, you got this and that and everything else.”
Revis' prior commitment for Sunday was made some time ago and couldn't be changed, a source said.