There’s a saying that the crime isn’t as bad as the cover up. But if this bombshell report proves true, two NFL players could be facing serious charges relating to both.
According to the New York Daily News, New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who were both implicated in an alleged armed robbery in Florida this past May, are being investigated for their role in allegedly paying off witnesses to the crime. Per the report, a public record was obtained that outlines a warrant issued for iCloud accounts associated with the two NFL stars.
Baker’s lawyer has vehemently denied the report, calling it “utterly false and defamatory.”
This is utterly false and defamatory to Andre Baker. We do not have any affidavits from the alleged victims of this offense, nor did these "victims" change the story as to dre baker. We accused the "victims" of extortion and reported to authorities from day 1.
— Bradford Cohen (@bradfordcohen) July 11, 2020
The warrant cites evidence consisting of video and DMs allegedly showing a witness overseeing the payoffs to the alleged victims of the case. Four men were allegedly paid a total of $55,000 to recant their initial sworn statements and claim that Baker and Dunbar did not commit the crime that took place in May.
The Miramar Police Department allegedly uncovered video evidence of the money transaction taking place. One of the victims reportedly said that he was being paid to indicate that he “didn’t see what he thought he saw”.
EXCLUSIVE and BREAKING news: Video evidence, Instagram DMs, testimony in search warrant obtained by @NYDNSports show payoff cover-up for #Giants’ DeAndre Baker and #Seahawks’ Quinton Dunbar, further implicate NFL players in alleged Fla. armed robbery https://t.co/Xk7qCoGd4a pic.twitter.com/bfIQ529EVj
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) July 10, 2020
Whether or not the alleged evidence leads to a convicting of either man in this case, it seems increasingly likely that their NFL careers are in jeopardy. According to Daily News reporter Pat Leonard, a source within the Giants does not expect Baker to remain with them for much longer.
Baker was a first-round pick by the Giants in 2019. The team traded up into the first round to land the former Georgia star, who went on to have a rough rookie season.
Dunbar went undrafted out of Florida in 2015 and started 25 of 58 games for the Washington Redskins over the past five years. He was traded to Seattle in March in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.