Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker will not be a part of team meetings, at least in the short term, as he sorts out the legal trouble he finds himself in.
The team told the 22-year-old not to participate in virtual offseason team meetings in order for him to “focus on his legal issues,” SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported.
Baker, who was charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault, was released on $200,000 bond Sunday morning after turning himself into police in Broward County, Fla. on Saturday.
While the Giants offseason training program remains virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, Baker has been instructed by a judge that he cannot leave the state. He must also turn in any firearms he possesses within the next 48 hours.
Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, maintains that his client is innocent and presented an affidavit during Sunday’s hearing from a witness who recanted his testimony, and claims to have affidavits from other witnesses, but is holding onto them.
Baker, along with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar and another individual, were accused of robbing guests at a house party in Florida, with witness testimony alleging Baker possessing a gun and even instructing the unknown member of the alleged robbery to shoot someone. No shots were fired.
In the affidavit Cohen presented, the witness claims the alleged crime “did not occur the way alleged victims are alleging it occurred.”