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NFL's DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar face uphill battle in Florida criminal charges




What started off as a house party ended with the Miramar Police Department issuing arrest warrants for two NFL cornerbacks.


Cornerbacks DeAndre Baker of the New York Giants, 22, and Quinton Dunbar of the Seattle Seahawks, 27, were said to have attended a house party Wednesday evening when an argument allegedly broke out over a gambling dispute. TMZ reported that the two had accumulated $70,000 of gambling debt at a party days earlier in Miami from gambling and high stakes card games. [1] Baker then, allegedly, pulled out a gun and began directing two others, Dunbar and another only identified as a man wearing a red mask, to begin taking valuables and cash from people attending the party.


One witness came forward saying that at one point during the alleged incident, Baker directed the third suspect wearing the red mask to shoot someone entering the party, but the gun was never fired. Per the arrest warrant, there have been conflicting witness accounts as to whether Dunbar was armed or not. [2]

All three suspects left the scene in separate vehicles – a Lamborghini, a BMW, and a Mercedes. These vehicles were said to be prepositioned for a quick getaway from the scene, leading authorities to believe that this was a premeditated robbery.


Baker and Dunbar are believed to have taken around $12,000 in cash and over three watches including a Rolex worth $18,000 and a Hublot worth $25,000. [3] Per the police report, Baker has been charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Dunbar, who is believed to have assisted Baker in taking money and valuables from guests, was charged with four counts of armed robbery. [4]

The story first became public news on Thursday, when Miramar Police Department tweeted a statement on Twitter and tagged the NFL teams for each player.


The NFL made a statement Thursday evening, saying that it is aware of the matter and have no further comment at this time. After a review of the incident in relation to the league’s personal conduct policy, the NFL will take further action if sanctioned. [5]

The Giants said in a statement, via Dan Duggan of The Athletic, "We are aware of the situation. We have been in contact with DeAndre. We have no further comment at this time.” Duggan also reported that Baker did not participate in virtual meetings with the Giants over this past week and on Thursday. [6]


Baker has refused to speak to authorities, and both suspects have yet to turn themselves in to authorities. The decision could impact Baker’s ability to make bail once, or if, he eventually turns himself in. Given the circumstances of the case, with the arrest warrants being made public on the media and suspects still evading arrest, prosecutors could argue that they have the chance to run if given bond. Of course, though, the decision will also be factored with the coronavirus and fears of overcrowding in jails, as well as what evidence is presented.


DeAndre Baker was a first rounder, 30th overall, in the 2019 NFL Draft from the University of Georgia despite being flagged as a risky pick because of his attitude. He played in all 16 games, starting 15, for the Giants this past season, finishing with 55 tackles, no interceptions, and allowing seven touchdowns as the nearest defender. He was expected to start on the 2020 defense. [7]

Dunbar, who spent five seasons with the Washington Redskins, was recently acquired by the Seahawks when he was traded this offseason. He originally signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent from the University of Florida in 2015 and made 25 starts over his five-year term with Washington. Dunbar was hoping to compete with Tre Flowers for the starting right cornerback position this upcoming season. [8]

Given the seriousness of the allegations, even if Baker is placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, which “allows teams to retain the rights to a player’s services while he deals with an off-field issue,” he still faces months of court hearings. If the Giants choose to cut ties with Baker, who has over $9 million guaranteed in his four-year rookie contract, the Giants could attempt to void the remainder on the basis that Baker “committed conduct detrimental to the team if such clause exists in his contract.” [9]

So, what does this mean, legally, for the future of Baker’s career? According to Florida lawyers, if Baker is found guilty and convicted of the crime, he could face a minimum of 10 years in prison. The county in which the alleged crime was committed, Broward County, is considered very strict when it comes to gun charges. Florida’s 10-20-LIFE law states that guilty parties will face a minimum of 10 years for each charge of armed robbery with a firearm, which could rise to 20 years if a gun was fired, and 25 years to life if a person was killed or seriously injured. Baker did not fire a weapon, so here the 10-year minimum sentence applies. [10]


As of right now, Quinton Dunbar has come forward saying he has five witnesses who will back up his story that he was not involved in the incident. [11]





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Alexis Foster is a rising sophomore and Strategic Marketing/Fan Engagement Intern at the University of Virginia.



[1] NFL CBs Deandre Baker, Quinton Dunbar Hadn't Immediately Turned Themselves in after Arrest Warrants Issued, Yahoo! Sports, sports.yahoo.com/nfl-c-bs-deandre-baker-quinton-dunbar-hadnt-immediately-turned-themselves-in-after-arrest-warrants-issued-180106819.html.

[2] Brady Henderson and Jordan Ranann, NFL Cornerbacks DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar Wanted on Armed Robbery Charges, ESPN (May 14, 2020), www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29176557/nfl-cornerbacks-deandre-baker-quinton-dunbar-wanted-armed-robbery-charges.

[3] NFL's Deandre Baker and Quinton Dunbar Charged with Armed Robbery, BBC News (May 15, 2020), www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52675230.

[4] See supra text accompanying note 2.

[5] Id.

[6] Jeff Kerr, Arrest Warrants Issued for NFL Players Quinton Dunbar, DeAndre Baker after Alleged Armed Robbery, CBSSports.com (May 15, 2020), www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/arrest-warrants-issued-for-nfl-defensive-backs-deandre-baker-quinton-dunbar-after-alleged-armed-robbery/.

[7] See supra text accompanying note 1.

[8] See supra text accompanying note 2.

[9] Patricia Traina, How the Giants' Salary Cap Is Affected If DeAndre Baker Is Released, Google, www.google.com/amp/s/www.si.com/.amp-nygiants/nfl/giants/news/how-the-giants-salary-cap-is-affected-if-deandre-baker-is-released.

[10] Zack Rosenblatt, What's next for Giants' DeAndre Baker after Arrest Warrant for Robbery, Assault? Lawyers, Legal Expert Weigh In, Nj (May 15, 2020), www.nj.com/giants/2020/05/whats-next-for-giants-deandre-baker-after-arrest-warrant-for-robbery-assault-lawyers-legal-expert-weigh-in.html.

[11] Seahawks' Quinton Dunbar Denies Armed Robbery Allegations, Witnesses Back Me Up!, TMZ (May 15, 2020), www.tmz.com/2020/05/15/seahawks-quinton-dunbar-denies-armed-robbery-allegations-witnesses-affidavit/.

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