DeAndre Baker was released from a Broward County (Fla.) jail after posting a $200,000 bond on Sunday, per his attorney.
Baker, who faces four counts of armed robbery with a firearm along with four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, had an attorney issue an apology on his behalf on Sunday night.
“We sincerely thank all law enforcement for their diligent efforts to uncover the truth herein and sincerely apologize for the distractions that this event has caused to Deandre’s team, teammates and the NFL community during this difficult time in everyone’s life,” — Attorney Patrick G. Patel
The New York Giants have told Baker to stay away from virtual team meetings and to focus on his legal case, according to New York Daily News NFL reporter Pat Leonard.
The charges Baker faces stem from an incident that allegedly occurred last Wednesday (May 13) in Miramar. The 22-year-old Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar (26) were allegedly involved in an armed robbery.
Dunbar, facing four armed robbery charges, posted a $100,000 bond on Sunday.
Neither Baker nor Dunbar can leave the state of Florida at this time, as a condition of their release, per the New York Daily News.
According to an ESPN report, the incident in question took place during an illegal dice gambling game with 15 to 20 people in attendance.
The report states that Dunbar’s attorney presented Broward County Judge Michael Davis with five sworn statements that came from the same people detectives spoke with before issuing a warrant.
ESPN reports the prosecutor reportedly found it “suspect” the witnesses recanted their testimony within 36 hours and that their affidavits were related directly to Dunbar.
“We have taped statements, sworn statements from each of the victims that were interviewed separately,” Tania Rues, public information officer of the Miramar P.D., told the Daily News on Friday. “The affidavit speaks for itself. If the victims have a different story to tell, they have not come to the Miramar police department and given any revised or different statements.”
Bradley Cohen, another attorney acting on Baker’s behalf, posted on his Instagram account that he has more affidavits from several witnesses disputing the charges against the former Georgia All-American and Thorpe Award winner.
Cohen presented an affidavit from a friend of both Baker and Dunbar, according to ESPN, which states Baker did not rob him nor point a gun at anyone.
The New York Post reported on Saturday that “If Baker is found guilty of holding a semi-automatic weapon, he could face a mandatory minimum of 15 years for each of the four armed robbery charges, under Florida law.”
The Post reported on Friday the charges Baker is facing trigger the league’s Personal Conduct Policy, which in the past have led to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell making a disciplinary ruling.
Further, Baker’s four-year, $10.52 million contract contains a conduct clause, and a portion of it could be voided if he’s found guilty.
DeAndre Baker 2019 NFL Combine
Attorney Bradley Cohen Sunday statement