Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar is already dealing with potential charges connected with a Florida robbery and is now accused of being involved in paying witnesses to recant their original statements. According to New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard, video evidence along with social media messages show a “payoff cover-up” involving Dunbar along with New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker tied to their alleged involvement in an armed robbery.
“The explosive warrant, obtained as a public record from the Broward County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts, seeks access to iCloud accounts associated with Baker and Dunbar,’ Leonard noted. “The warrant cites evidence collected through previous warrants, which includes video footage and direct messages that allegedly show witness Dominic Johnson oversaw the payoff of Baker’s and Dunbar’s four alleged victims on May 15 at the office of Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco.”
Dunbar is accused of being involved with four men receiving $55,000 in exchange for recanting their original statements, per the New York Daily News.
“All four victims have given sworn statements that they were paid at the office that day to recant their sworn initial statements against Dunbar by signing affidavits,” Leonard reported. “Combined, the four men say they were paid a total of $55,000.”
Dunbar’s lawyer Michael Grieco denied the latest accusation in a statement released to The Seattle Times.
“Law enforcement, both local and federal, was advised from day one and beyond that the alleged ‘victims’ in this case were actively extorting both Baker and Dunbar,” Grieco said. “These men fabricated a robbery story after waiting an hour to call police and then immediately began contacting the players demanding money. My office obtained accurate and truthful affidavits consistent with the independent witness and my client’s account.”
Dunbar Had Been Cleared to Travel to Seattle to Participate in Training Camp
Prior to the latest accusations, Dunbar had been given permission to travel outside of Florida to Seattle to participate in the Seahawks training camp which is scheduled to start later this month. If Dunbar is connected with paying witnesses to falsify statements, it appears unlikely that the cornerback will ever play a game for the Seahawks.
“NEW: Quinton Dunbar asks FL court for permission to travel outside the state so that he can attend @Seahawks training camp, which commences the last week of July in Washington. Motion is unopposed and notes that similar permission was granted to co-defendant DeAndre Baker,” attorney Daniel Wallach tweeted.
The Giants have already indicated that Baker may not be on their roster much longer. Seattle may be forced to make a similar decision with Dunbar unless new evidence emerges somehow clearing his name from the payment scheme.
“AND NOW MORE BREAKING NEWS: Unnamed team sources, asked for comment on our breaking news, tell me they would not expect DeAndre Baker to remain on the #Giants roster much longer,” Leonard explained on Twitter. “There is it. #nfl @NYDNSports.”
Dunbar Recently Added a 2nd Attorney
The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell reported that Dunbar hired a second attorney, Michael Weinstein, which indicates that the Seahawks corner is headed to trial. There had been speculation that the charges could be dismissed before going to court given the witness statements, but now there are credibility concerns over these items. Weinstein denied that his addition has any indication of a potential trial.
“No, not even a little bit,” Weinstein told The News Tribune. “They haven’t made a charging decision in this case.”
There appeared to be some optimism about Dunbar’s chances of exoneration given the witness statements. This case has taught fans and media alike to avoid speculation as it has had many twists and turns even before a potential trial. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll noted earlier this offseason that Dunbar has been part of the team’s virtual offseason.
“It seems like things are taking…I shouldn’t even say [that],” Carroll noted in a June press conference. “I don’t even know but we are following along with him. He is back and participating with us and focusing real well now. So, we’ll see what happens with that. We’ll be right on it. John [Schneider] and his guys are all over it. There is just not much I can share with you about it.”
Dunbar has continued to maintain his innocence throughout the process. It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks respond to the latest in a series of accusations levied against Dunbar.