The plot thickens. Friday brought new information in the cases against NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker of the New York Giants and Quinton Dunbar of the Seattle Seahawks, who were both arrested on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm stemming from an incident in Miramir, Florida on May 13.
According to a search warrant obtained by Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, the assault victims were paid off in an alleged cover-up facilitated by Dominic Johnson, a childhood friend of Baker and Dunbar, who are both Miami natives. Per the report, the four victims were paid a combined $55,000 to rescind their initial testimonies against the two NFL stars. Miramar police detective Mark Moretti further alleges the payoff (which, according to the warrant, was captured on surveillance video) occurred in the office building of Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco.
Instagram direct messages sent by Johnson on May 16 would seem to corroborate Moretti’s claims, though Grieco has denied the damning allegations, insisting his client is being extorted. “Law enforcement, both local and federal, was advised from day one and beyond that the alleged 'victims' in this case were actively extorting Baker and Dunbar,” Grieco told the Seattle Times in response to Friday’s new developments. “These men fabricated a robbery story after waiting an hour to call police and then immediately began contacting the players demanding money.”
Grieco went on to dismiss the alleged victims as “seasoned career criminals” while noting Dunbar passed a polygraph test when questioned by police. Dunbar, who led the Redskins in interceptions (four) last year before his March trade to Seattle, and Baker, who was thrust into a starting role for the Giants as a first-round rookie in 2019, pled not guilty after surrendering to authorities on May 16. Both spent the night in Broward County Jail before being released on bond the following day. Dunbar’s bail was set at $100,000 while Baker’s was double that amount.