For New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, things have gotten even crazier in 2020. After being indicted on armed robbery charges after supposedly losing money playing dice, a wild twist of events have taken place, as Baker has been exonerated of all charges.
It all boils down to William Dean, the attorney for three of DeAndre Bakerâ€™s four alleged victims. He has been arrested in Broward County, Florida. He is facing an extortion charge, which is connected to the arm robbery case involving Baker and Seattle Seahawks corner Quinton Dunbar, Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News reports.
Holy crap, all charges against DeAndre Baker are being dropped…
What does this mean? He will be eligible to rejoin the league, not sure when, but wonder if the Giants would bring him back.
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) November 16, 2020
If things werenâ€™t already insane, Baker looks like he will walk free from these charges, which would indicate his return to the NFL. Months ago, one affidavit mentioned that Baker was not involved in any profound acts, like pulling out a loaded weapon on partygoers.
Dominick Johnson, a friend of both DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar, stated months ago:
â€œAt some point there was an argument that arose between some of the parties that were playing the dice game,â€ it read. â€œI was never in fear for my life in any situation that happened that day and DeAndre Baker did not take any property from me and did not point a gun at anyone.â€
What does the future hold for Baker and the New York Giants?
The big question is, will Baker return to the NFL, and if he does, would the Giants consider giving him a second chance?
It was reported that Baker was â€œscared straightâ€ after this insane debacle that has resulted in nothing but time wasted and money spent. The Giants are out a first-round pick, and Baker has missed an entire season worth of development in a new scheme.
Maybe, new head coach Joe Judge is exactly what Baker needs in terms of discipline and accountability. Having a coach and authority figure might be helpful in his growth as a human and a football player. While Baker was released, the Giants could add him back once heâ€™s off the Commissioner’s Exempt List. He might have to wait until 2021 to return to the league, but things are looking up for him after nearly an entire year of battling legal issues.