Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker is in some seriously hot water facing a collection of charges after police alleged he and Seahawks corner Quinton Dunbar took part in an armed robbery using a semi-automatic firearm to rob multiple people of more than $11,000 in cash plus other valuables worth more than $60,000.
Baker is facing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault and could be facing a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison for each of the four armed robbery charges. He posted bond of $200,000 on Sunday and pleaded not guilty on all eight charges on Monday morning.
Now, one of the 22-year-old’s lawyers, Patrick Patel, has presented quite an interesting defense to the New York Post for when the incident allegedly went down. Patel says that Baker couldn’t have been involved in any of the ‘ruckus’ because he was too busy playing Madden.
Patel said Baker arrived at the party carrying his “Madden” console, two controllers and a charger. He went into the house, hooked the game up to a big-screen TV and played the video game for the hour to hour-and-a-half he was there. Baker inadvertently left the game at the house. Patel said he will try to get electronic proof Baker was indeed logged in and playing “Madden” that night.
“And this ruckus blows out in another room in this house,’’ Patel said. “He doesn’t have anything to do with the ruckus. He didn’t even see it. The only thing he sees is out of the corner of his eye a table getting flipped over and everybody running, screaming and yelling. And he’s out. Thank God he bounced.’’
Patel should be able to find out if Baker’s online account was in use during the time of the alleged crime, but proving that it was actually him playing the game is a totally different story.
Baker’s lawyer did state that Baker had been gambling the night of the alleged incident, but not on the dice game that supposedly went bad, he was only wagering on the outcome of Madden games.