New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has turned himself in to police. The Miramar Police Department first confirmed to the New York Daily News that the former 1st-round NFL Draft pick surrendered himself to authorities on Saturday morning. Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, later backed up those reports, releasing a statement via Instagram.
Reports are correct that Deandre turned himself in this morning. I am a believer in the system and that if everything works the matter will be appropriately resolved. Both my client and I have felt @miramarpd and the Detective working the case, were accommodating and went out of their way to assure Mr. Baker’s privacy during this hard time. That is not just lip service, it is fact, and we appreciate it.
This is my 23rd year in practice defending those who I feel are wrongly charged or wrongly treated,” he continued. “That doesn’t mean that all police officers are bad or all are good. We all have jobs to do and I believe we all do them to the best of our ability. Police reports are just that, reports of what was told to them or said to them. Court is what we use to then examine those reports, investigate those claims and allow the Defendant an opportunity to confront the evidence. Don’t rush to judgment.
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Baker’s Attorney: ‘Our Client is Innocent’
Much like Quinton Dunbar, the fellow NFL cornerback in the alleged incident, Baker’s legal team maintains their client’s innocence. Cohen also states that they have numerous affidavits from witnesses exonerating Baker of wrongdoing.
Here’s what Cohen had to say in regards to the situation in an Instagram statement posted on Friday evening:
I want to thank the Miramar police for being professional in regards to surrendering and issues with the case. We understand that the officers can only base warrants on what was told to them at the time. We have had affidavits from several witnesses that also dispute the allegations and exculpate our client. Our investigator has had them for some time. We would have rather presented them to the court at the proper time, rather than in the media, but in this day and age, people rush to judgement. Where some seek publicity, we seek justice. I look forward to moving this case forward to proper conclusion, as we believe our client is innocent of any charges.
Baker’s NFL Outlook
Baker was one of the Giants’ three 1st-round selections in the 2019 NFL Draft, alongside the likes of potential franchise quarterback Daniel Jones and promising d-lineman Dexter Lawrence. While Jones and Lawrence showed glimpses of brilliance in their inaugural NFL campaign, Baker struggled mightily during the majority of his rookie year.
The former Georgia Bulldogs standout finished the 2019 season with an extremely underwhelming PFF grade of just 48.4. With that said, he did improve his play down the latter part of the year enough to allow the organization to feel that Baker can still live up to his 1st-round billing.
Baker is currently slated to serve as Big Blue’s starting outside corner, opposite big-ticket free-agent signee James Bradberry.
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