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The case against Giants cornerback Deandre Baker and Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar does not appear to be going away as quickly as their lawyers have predicted for weeks. In fact, things now appear even more complicated for the players.

A warrant obtained by Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News cites evidence, including video footage and direct messages, that allegedly show witness Dominic Johnson oversaw payoffs of the four alleged victims at the office of Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco.

Baker and Dunbar stand accused of taking cash and expensive jewelry at gunpoint from other attendees at a May 13 house party in Miramar, Florida.

Johnson, the witness referred to as “Coach” in the original arrest warrant, allegedly wrote a series of incriminating direct messages on his Instagram account, @powerballnick_305, on May 16, per Leonard. Johnson corroborates “a robbery had occurred and those who were charged were the participants,” the warrant summarizes.

The four victims said they were paid a total of $55,000 to recant their sworn initial statements against Dunbar. Alleged direct messages between Baker and Johnson on Instagram implicate Baker in the payoff, Miramar police detective Mark Moretti revealed in the latest warrant.

“Johnson is telling Baker to come to Dunbar Lawyer’s office,” Moretti writes, via Leonard. “Baker replied, ‘Yo I’m in the city now getting cash how much to bring ?? I’m tryna get there too u ASAP.’”

“There appears to be several phone calls between Baker and Johnson,” the warrant continues. “Johnson appears to be nervous by telling Baker, ‘Yooooo these people finna leave.’”

CCTV video evidence shows Grieco, Johnson, an unknown individual and the four alleged victims at the attorney’s office on May 15 appearing to make the payoff, according to Leonard.

“On 5/15/20, I was contacted by Michael Grieco, attorney for Dunbar, stating the victims and witness have recanted their sworn/recorded statements against Dunbar,” the warrant reads. “However, I also want the court to be aware that all five individuals have been threatened and have expressed extreme concern to me regarding their safety. One of the individual(s) was forced to move out of his apartment. The other was receiving texted messages containing pictures of his passport, the same passport that was stolen during the robbery.”

Baker, 22, and Dunbar, 27, were taken into custody May 16 and spent the night in the Broward County Jail before being released on $200,000 and $100,000 bond, respectively.

Baker pleaded not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, and Dunbar has pleaded not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

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3 minutes ago, The Crusher said:

Call me a bad person but for 55k Id happily say I was too busy eating. 

They could have given me the $55k and I’d kill the guy myself. Poor planning by those guys

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31 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

They could have given me the $55k and I’d kill the guy myself. Poor planning by those guys

They gave the sex worker that gave John Dillinger up 100k and then deported her back to Romania.

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29 minutes ago, RutgersJetFan said:

They gave the sex worker that gave John Dillinger up 100k and then deported her back to Romania.

$100K goes pretty damn far in Romania back then.

Or so my friend Yuri tells me.

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37 minutes ago, JoJoTownsell1 said:

And that's a wrap for their careers. 

Ray Lewis took part in a murder and went to the Hall of Fame after the fact. 

I highly doubt their careers are over. 

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11 hours ago, RutgersJetFan said:

They gave the sex worker that gave John Dillinger up 100k and then deported her back to Romania.

At least her dollars went a whole lot further in Romania

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29 minutes ago, JTJet said:

Ray Lewis took part in a murder and went to the Hall of Fame after the fact. 

I highly doubt their careers are over. 

Lol, these guys are facing serious prison time and aren't hall of fame caliber players. 

If Patrick Mahomes was involved in the same crime as Baker his career would not be over. 

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On top of it all these numbskulls actually think they have the intellect and skill to win playing poker.

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8 hours ago, JoJoTownsell1 said:

And that's a wrap for their careers. 

Football yes, but they will have a long and lucrative career in government.😁

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4 minutes ago, SAM SAM HE'S OUR MAN said:

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You all seem to think the justice system works the same for professional athletes as it does for you and I.

Hilarious. 

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What was the point of robbing people if you are just going to give them money later?  Makes no sense.  

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11 hours ago, Matt39 said:

these are the guys complaining about the no jersey swap. Goose is cooked. Someone might want to step up and tell the players they're insane. Malcolm Jenkins today? Good grief. Play football.

Hopefully you are consistent and at least paint with a broad stroke all the time.  

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11 hours ago, T0mShane said:

They could have given me the $55k and I’d kill the guy myself. Poor planning by those guys

Sending the guy your archive of Jamal Adams posts would cause him to take his own life. Very dark & disturbing. You make 55k the easy way.

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1 minute ago, 32EBoozer said:

Sending the guy your archive of Jamal Adams posts would cause him to take his own life. Very dark & disturbing. You make 55k the easy way.

This might be my favorite post ever. 😂

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Mind-bendingly stupid. I feel my IQ dropping reading this nonsense. 

These guys all had to be high as f___ on meth or coke. 

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26 minutes ago, Jet Nut said:

Who wouldn't believe you?

LOL, well played!

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11 hours ago, JoJoTownsell1 said:

And that's a wrap for their careers. 

As it should.  Those scum lawyers should be disbarred as well.

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Deandre Baker makes Dee Milliner look amazing

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We need more mentors in the hood like “Coach” Dominic Johnson...teaching kids about accountability and sh/t.

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