A photo and text message posted on Twitter on Wednesday by the attorney representing Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar could be construed as damaging to DeAndre Baker as Baker’s name is in the text and there is a tacit suggestion Baker is pictured in the photo, the 22-year-old Giants cornerback’s attorney says.
This is not only false, says Patrick Patel — one of the lawyers for Baker — but it is deceitful, sparking an avalanche of accusations against Dunbar’s lawyer, Michael Grieco.
“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 told The Post.
Baker is facing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault stemming from an alleged incident last Wednesday night in Miramar, Fla. Dunbar is facing four counts of armed robbery. The arrest warrant stated Baker and Dunbar may have lost $70,000 in a dice game two night earlier, suggesting that was motivation for the incident.
Baker entered a plea of not guilty to all eight counts. Dunbar also pled not guilty to the charges against him.
This latest development is clear indication there is a schism between the Baker and Dunbar camps, which bears watching, as one player could turn against the other.
Grieco tweeted a text from someone he claims was at a gambling party a few days before the alleged incident, a text supposedly sent to Dunbar that read, “You missed some good money yesterday bro dolphin players Dre baker even beat him we beat him out of 10k on the game and then it’s was shooting dice bout another 60k out there.’’ Grieco wrote this proves Dunbar was not at the gambling get-together, but did not say anything about the fact Baker’s name was mentioned.
“The text is complete bulls–t,’’ Patel said. “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 said he has a video from that gambling party that shows Baker was not in attendance.
The picture posted in the text shows one larger man sitting at a table and another man standing nearby, with one high stack of cash and a smaller stack of cash on the table. The man standing up, wearing a short-sleeve red shirt with tattoos on his right arm and possibly on his left arm, could be seen as possibly being Baker. The faces of both men are concealed by yellow smiley-faces, although it’s not clear when those smiley-faces were added.
“Look at the size of the arms and the tats,’’ Patel said. “It’s not him.’’
In other words, if the tats are amiss you must dismiss.
Baker and Dunbar are accused of stealing more than $12,000 in cash and expensive designer watches. The arrest warrant said Baker pointed a gun at a victim and told an unidentified masked assailant to shoot someone walking into the party. Patel previously told The Post Baker was playing the “Madden” video game at the house party and left after he heard a “ruckus’’ in the other room.
“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.’’
Patel also pointed out Grieco has a history of troubling conduct. Grieco was accused of using his prosecution of an assault case against Sean Taylor, the now deceased Redskins safety, to promote his work as a nightclub disc jockey in Miami Beach. Patel also mentioned Grieco in 2017 resigned as Miami Beach commissioner after facing charges of accepting an illegal campaign contribution.
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