Lawyer arrested for robbery against former Giant Deandre Baker

One of the strangest NFL stories of 2020 has come to a conclusion with robbery charges against former New York veteran cornerback Deandre Baker, who was dropped by officials in Florida.

Baker, 23, was facing a possible life sentence after being charged in four robbery cases. The allegations claimed that Baker, along with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar and two other men, robbed thousands of dollars of cash, watches and other valuables during a party in Florida in May. The charges against Dunbar were dropped in August. Baker was released by the team in 2019, a first round pick for the Giants.

However, the case broke on Monday when a lawyer in Florida was arrested for attempting to extort money from Baker on behalf of some alleged victims. William Dean wanted Baker to pay more than $ 250,000 to each of his clients. In return, they would, according to the police, “do anything you want as long as the money is right.” Baker earned $ 6m in his first year in the NFL.

ESPN reported that the alleged victims had already given their testimony last month, stating that Baker was not “directly or indirectly involved in any robbery or assisted robbery at the scene or elsewhere.”

Assistant State Attorney Paul R. Valcour said Monday that the charges against Baker “have been dropped after the alleged victims and known witnesses were uncooperative and their credibility was inappropriately tarnished.”

Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, told ESPN in August that the allegations relied on unreliable witnesses. “Knowing that you have accepted liars – there is no way around it or there is no way to change the story. They are the best, admitted liars and convicted goons. You have four people who blame hooliganism and liars. You filed on the basis of his word against a boy who has no criminal history, always gives back to his community, ”said Cohen. “I wish I could think what they are thinking, but it is an impossible one. It is such a bad decision that you can’t even imagine putting yourself in their shoes to think of what it takes to file this case. having had. “

Baker is understood to want to return to the NFL.


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