RUMOR: DeAndre Baker accused of paying off witnesses in robbery case
More and more bad news are coming out on the DeAndre Baker front for the New York Giants.
More evidence has recently came out further implicating the Giants cornerback in connection to the armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm charges he and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar are facing.
In a search warrant obtained by the New York Daily News, text messages appear to show that the two and Dominic Johnson — referred to as “Coach” in the arrest warrant — paid off witnesses to testify that Baker and Dunbar were not at the scene of the crime.
“I made them same n—-s that said they got robbed come in and say them Boys ain’t have nothing to Do with it,” the Giants youngster allegedly wrote on May 16 in a series of incriminating direct messages on his Instagram account, @powerballnick_305.
Other direct messages appear to show Deandre Baker being directly involved in the payoffs, according to the warrant submitted by Miramar Police Department detective Mark Moretti.
“Johnson is telling Baker to come to Dunbar Lawyer’s office,” Moretti wrote in the warrant. “Baker replied, ‘Yo I’m in the city now getting cash how much to bring ?? I’m tryna get there too u ASAP.’ There appears to be several phone calls between Baker and Johnson. Johnson appears to be nervous by telling Baker, ” Yooooo these people finna leave.”
There is also CCTV video evidence of Johnson, Dunbar’s attorney Michael Greico, an unknown individual, and the four alleged victims at Greico’s office appearing to make the payoff on May 15th.
All four victims have made sworn statements regarding the payments, saying they were paid to recant their initial sworn statements. They were said to be paid a total of $55,000. Between the four, one victim was paid $30,000, one was paid $20,000, and the other two were paid $5,000 a piece to recant their statements.
Following these reports, an unnamed source within the Giants organization has said that the team is planning to cut Baker due to the incriminating evidence. The team had reportedly already told Baker to stay off the team’s Zoom meeting in order to focus on his legal troubles.
Both of Baker’s attorneys, Patrick G Patel and Bradford M. Cohen, denied Baker’s involvement in the payoffs.
“Baker refused to pay blackmail money because he is not guilty,” Patel told NJ Advance Media. “And [he] did not need to witness tamper.”
“[De]Andre Baker paid no one. The only statements we have are from several independent witnesses that were at the party. Mr. Baker also took a lie detector given by a nationally known examiner and was shown to be truthful. This is a smear tactic against Andre Baker,” Cohen said.
“This is shameful reporting. Without digging into facts in regards to Deandre Baker and that he was in his attorneys office the entire day.”