There's lots for the NFL to figure out as it gradually reopens and moves toward potentially permitting training camps en route to possibly beginning the regular season in a timely fashion, but its brand has taken a massive hit as of late for reasons completely unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic. There have been a rash of criminal charges levied against players as the calendar comes to a close on May, from the DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar that's truly turned the league inside-out.to , but it's what's taking place between
Baker and Dunbar are currently accused of armed robbery, along with a list of other allegations, which led to an arrest warrant being issued by Miramar (FL) PD. The police report details a situation wherein a semi-automatic firearm was brandished at a cookout and expensive items were taken before both players escaped in their vehicles, and also alleges there was an order to shoot one of the attendees of the get-together. Both Baker and Dunbar have turned in a plea of not guilty after surrendering themselves, but any semblance of solidarity is now torpedoed by legal in-fighting.
One of the attorneys for Baker -- Patrick Patel -- is fuming over what he recently saw on Twitter regarding the situation, namely tweets from Michael Grieco (the representation for Dunbar) in what appeared to be an attempt to defend his client in the court of public opinion. Patel and Baker didn't take kindly to what the tweets implied, to say the least, and have now guaranteed legal action.
"Baker is going to immediately file a lawsuit against Grieco for libel and slander, making everybody believe that Baker is in that picture, because his name is in the text,'' Patel said, via the New York Post, continuing, "The text is complete bulls–t. Read the text. You can say anybody is that person.
"Wasn't it everybody's bulls–t at the beginning that my client Baker lost $70,000? Now go read the text. The text is saying Baker won $10,000. So what are we doing?''
Patel is also urging everyone to look closely at the individuals in the photo.
"Look at the size of the arms and the tats,'' Patel said. "It's not [Baker].''
As both players fight for their freedom, they must also contend with an NFL investigation into the matter to determine if suspensions are warranted, and some believe Greico's actions make it more difficult for Baker in his defense to league commissioner Roger Goodell -- in addition to a court of law. Both Baker and Dunbar know each other well via their Miami roots, and CBS Sports legal analyst Amy Dash states she was informed Greico and Bradford Cohen, the latter representing Baker directly in the pending criminal case, "knew each other well" and were "working together" on the armed robbery charges; making for a potentially awkward situation with Patel now going after Grieco in court on Baker's behalf.
"DeAndre has no knowledge of anybody in those texts -- who sent it, to who,'' Patel said. "Let the guy come forward. I cannot wait to get Grieco on the stand and cross-examine him on how he got that text, who he got the text from.''