Latest On DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar

A cover-up attempt has surfaced in the DeAndre BakerQuinton Dunbar saga. A witness to the alleged armed robbery in May worked with Baker, along with Dunbar’s attorney, in an effort to pay off other witnesses and clear the cornerbacks of wrongdoing, according to a Broward County (Fla.) search warrant obtained by Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

The witness named in the warrant, Dominic Johnson, allegedly said in an Instagram direct message he “made them (witnesses) that said they got robbed come in and say them Boys ain’t have nothing to Do with it (sic).”

Video evidence of Baker, Johnson and four other witnesses’ involvement in the payoff — held at the office of Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco — also exists, Leonard adds. The four victims were allegedly paid $55K total to recant their sworn statements that Baker and Dunbar took part in an armed robbery.

Baker, 22, and Dunbar, 27, remain under investigation for the alleged robbery. This certainly complicates matters for the Giants and Seahawks defenders. Dunbar had resumed offseason work with the Seahawks before they wrapped up their virtual slate, while the Giants told Baker to stay away from the team for the time being.

In May, authorities said Baker and Dunbar teamed up to rob partiers at gunpoint. The police report out of Miramar, Fla., claims that Baker had the weapon while Dunbar did the looting. Some witnesses said that Baker also directed a third man to shoot someone (ultimately, no one at the scene was shot).

The warrant indicates Baker asked Johnson how much cash he should bring for the payoff, Leonard reports. The alleged payoff occurred May 15, two days after the alleged robbery and a day before Baker surrendered to police. Another message sent from Johnson’s Instagram account indicates he convinced the other four witnesses to sign papers recanting their statements that originally led to Baker and Dunbar’s arrests, according to the warrant.

Baker has pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges; Dunbar pleaded not guilty to four. Dunbar has hired a second attorney, though Grieco is still working on the case as well.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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24 comments on “Latest On DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar

  1. drtymike0509

    I really hope there’s more to this. What attorney records a payoff involving a client’s co-conspirator? unless dunbar is looking to throw baker under the bus. A cyber trail is also a bad idea, people are so dumb nowadays, they don’t even try to get away with anything and when they do try it gets bungled even more, case in point…

    • of9376

      I doubt the lawyer filled it. Prob more like one of the witnesses using their cell phone camera unbeknownst to the actors.

  2. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    Not entirely sure if this whole crew is just trying to live life or practicing for careers as Hollywood screenwriters.

  3. bobby cox

    This will be the last straw for Giants and they’ll cut Baker. They will bring in a good citizen…PAC Man Jones comes to mind. We should also cut the drunk kicker and bring back Raul Allegre

    • linc_case

      Oh, it’s bad alright. For the Giants, it will be another wasted first-round pick. And another nail in the GM’s coffin.

      • rocky7

        Just another mistake the Giants just keep making over and over….Prince, Apple, and now Baker…..when will they learn they stink at picking DB’s high in the draft.

        • Appalachian_Outlaw

          They really do. I’d just resign myself to signing a competent FA corner at this point. It beats repeating the same mistakes over, and over, and over again.

          • rocky7

            Agreed, there are always competent/very good FA options in the secondary each off season.

      • Ak185

        The insistence on blaming Gettleman for literally every single problem the Giants have is puzzling to me. Blame him for picking Baker so high? Sure, I get that. But blaming him for Baker robbing people at gunpoint?

        Does he at least get credit for telling Baker to stay away from the team?

        • rocky7

          Gettleman is the boss…the buck stops with him. Character and intelligence, are part of the eval process when draftingva player and apparantly the Giants missed badly with Baker.

  4. Appalachian_Outlaw

    So let’s see- these two knuckleheads have surely ended their NFL careers, costing them potential millions, plus tossed in an extra 55k in bribes; all to rob some people, and likely go to prison.

    Did they read how to wreck your life for dummies?

  5. Remember how the attorneys for these clowns were swearing up and down that the charges were 100% false and that “they’ll be proven innocent once the evidence comes out”? I think they meant to say “once the bribe money is paid to the witnesses”.

    Some of these defense attorneys sure are a freakin’ joke…I don’t know how they sleep at night or look at themselves in the mirror every day. Pathetic human beings!

    • bravesfan88

      You’d be surprised how many people would trade in their dignity and values for money and a certain lifestyle..

      It is a shame that this type of behavior and mindset has become so prevalent in today’s world. Sadly it is actually more common than not to see an individual forego his core values and morals solely just for his own financial gain.

  6. rocky7

    Gettleman is the boss…the buck stops with him. Character and intelligence, are part of the eval process when drafting a player and apparantly the Giants missed badly with Baker.

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