There seems to be another turn every day in the case of DeAndre Baker right now, and this time, the latest news has to do with the organization’s reaction to the ongoing situation surrounding their player. The Giants haven’t reacted much publicly ever since the warrant for Baker’s arrest was revealed, but some indicators are starting to come out about how the Giants are handling everything.
According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, the Giants have told DeAndre Baker to stay away from the team’s virtual meetings for now and focus on his legal case.
NEW: DeAndre Baker has been told to stay away from the #Giants’ virtual meetings for the time being and focus on his legal issues, according to a source familiar with the club’s thinking.
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) May 17, 2020
The decision isn’t that surprising, but it does raise some questions. Where does Baker fit in the future of the team’s plans? It seems like that would depend on the verdict in any case in court, but there’s also a chance that the Giants move on before such a verdict is even reached. The arrest is a bad look on the organization still, and it remains to be seen how long Baker will be wrapped up in legal proceedings if no evidence comes out publicly soon to exonerate him.
It’s easy to see the Giants telling Baker to stay away from team meetings as the first step to moving on from the player entirely.
But that’s not to say that Baker is definitely guilty and that the team is definitely going to cut him. His legal team has repeatedly claimed the innocence of its client, and until their evidence is made public, its hard to know one way or the other what happened.
Either way, until this is all cleared up, Baker looks like the top distraction for the Giants right now – and it’s therefore not surprising for the staff to want to keep the player away for the time being.