DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar Released On Bond

Shortly after surrendering to police, Giants CB DeAndre Baker and Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar have posted bond and have been released from jail, as Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Baker was granted a $200K bond ($25K for each of the eight charges he is facing), and Dunbar was granted a $100K bond ($25K for each of his four charges).

Both players have been ordered to remain in Florida at this time, though Broward County Judge Michael Davis also said that the matter would be given further consideration when Baker and Dunbar need to leave the state for work (i.e., when the league is no longer operating virtually). The Giants have told Baker to stay away from team meetings — he had been participating in most of the club’s virtual offseason program — so that he can focus on his legal issues.

The fact that the players received fairly “light” bonds relative to their income suggests to some, like New York-based criminal defense attorney David Touger, that the prosecution’s case is not particularly strong (via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post). “The prosecution does not seem to have gone at Baker or his co-defendant very hard,” Touger said. “If they had a strong case one could assume that they would have really fought hard for remand and no bail.”

But according to Fowler, the state did indeed request remand, the judge just did not grant it (perhaps due to Baker’s and Dunbar’s lack of criminal history). Dunbar’s attorney presented five affidavits — four from alleged victims and one from a witness — recanting statements they had previously made to police. The state found it suspicious that those recantations came just 36 hours after the statements were made and pertained specifically to Dunbar, though Baker’s attorney proffered that he has some affidavits of his own and is not playing all his cards at the moment. He did share one affidavit from a mutual friend of Dunbar and Baker who said that Baker did not take any property from him and did not point a gun at anyone.

Obviously, this matter is still in its early stages. Even the best-case scenario for Baker and Dunbar probably includes a suspension of some kind, especially since the disturbing allegations stem from an illegal dice gambling game.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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17 comments on “DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar Released On Bond

  1. dynamite drop in monty

    Once again, America’s criminal justice system kowtows to those with excessive disposable wealth. Sure, let these guys accused of armed robbery back out into society.

    • DarkSide830

      to be fair, i think giving rich people more expensive bond is unconstitutional. as much as i dont like it, it is the case.

    • Sirsleepit

      It’s “innocent until proven guilty” not “guilty until proven innocent” and y’all need to start remembering that

    • crosseyedlemon

      @dynamite. I understand your feelings but is it any better to have someone railroaded by an inept and corrupt police force that can intimidate witnesses or manipulate evidence? There are plenty of documented instances when Florida cops did exactly that.

    • kaehlaone

      That sounds great, if it’s an obvious case. Considering the only evidence they had were five witness statements, all of whom recanted within 24hrs on video, maybe it didn’t really happen. Time will tell but rooting against athletes is weak as well

    • Afk711

      Bail money is returned when the person meets all court dates. Maybe celebrities are smarter and know not to skip bail.

  2. nentwigs

    Anybody stop to think that their alleged actions were as a result of both being victimized in a “crooked” dice game?

  3. dms0746

    David Touger says the bond is due to the low strength of prosecution case? When has a judge based bond on that? More likely it’s set lower due to the alleged crime, a subject’s previous arrest history and potential flight risk. Hopefully nobody’s paying this defense attorney for his insight.

  4. ayrbhoy

    That’s such a good photograph, not just the arrangement and balanced composition but the story of 4 very different reactions, each pose distinctly different from the other. Each action stemming from just one play.

  5. Jeff Zanghi

    This whole thing is really bizarre… Like I just don’t get why two guys making millions of $ would rob people at gunpoint for $7K cash and 2 watches… just doesn’t make sense without some other motive/information. Until they she’d more light on the situation I’m not going to jump to any conclusions. I feel like obviously some type of illegal activity must have occurred — but I just don’t see it as being a straightforward “robbery” where two millionaires stole $7K and a couple watches… Idk just doesn’t add up.

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