A Jersey City attorney representing New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, accused of committing armed robbery and aggravated assault last week in Broward County, Florida, says his client was playing Madden when the alleged incident occurred.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Right now it’s just a warrant. There’s no veracity to the claim … everyone’s rushing to judgment on the kid. Baker was only there playing Madden,” said Patrick G. Patel, counsel for Baker in NFL related matters, said in a lengthy phone interview with HCV.
“That’s like going to rob a bank but first sitting down with a teller to fill out a loan application … He brought his Madden game to the property, brought his controllers – with their chargers – logged in and played for an hour before this ruckus went down.”
Patel also emphasized that the there are no merits to the allegations that Baker lost tens of thousands of dollars gambling, nor that he had a car waiting for him after leaving a party in Miramar, Florida on May 13th.
He indicated that the home in question was in a gated community and that the car he left in, where he was a passenger, waited in a line of eight to 10 cars before being given the okay to exit.
Baker, 22, along with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, 27, were each issued warrant complaints for four counts of armed robbery, with Baker also charged with four counts of aggravated assault.
The Miramar Police Department alleges that the duo left the party with $7,000 cash and with at least three watches valued at over $50,000 total.
Dunbar’s attorney told NBC Sports that the notion he lost $70,000 gambling is “completely fabricated.”
Additionally, Patel emphasized that although his client entered a not guilty plea earlier today, the Florida State Attorney’s Office must decide if they will issue formal charges and proceed to trial
Bradford M. Cohen is representing Baker in any court proceedings in The Sunshine State.
According to ESPN, the state’s four witnesses, initially identified as victims in the incident, have recanted their stories and a fifth person said the pro athletes weren’t to blame for the alleged crimes.
The Giants have asked Baker not to participate in team activities until his legal matter is resolved and both Baker and Dunbar have apologized for becoming distractions for their respective teams.
“He’s a wreck over the situation, he’s embarrassed. He’s living with mom and dad until this matter is resolved,” Patel added.
Baker, a Weehawken native, was a first round draft pick in 2019 after a successful college career with the Georgia Bulldogs and was in the mix to start this season.
Last season, he was responsible for 55 solo tackles and eight pass deflections, according to Giants.com.