3 of 4 alleged victims in DeAndre Baker case recant robbery statements about former Giants CB: report

Garrett Stepien
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DeAndre Baker Press Conference

Three of the four alleged victims in an ongoing case involving former Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker recanted their statements that he robbed them at a party earlier this year, according to sworn affidavits obtained by ESPN's Jordan Raanan, who reported Friday evening that they said they "did not directly or indirectly participate in any robbery or assist in a robbery at the scene or elsewhere."

Julius Lamar, Steven Compton and Tommy J. Hartshaw added that they did not witness Baker rob or assault anyone with or without a firearm.

Baker, 23, was arrested after a mid-May incident involving Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar in which Miramar (Fla.) authorities issued a warrant for him on multiple counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The Giants released Baker on Sept. 8. While his legal situation played out and he was released on bond, the Giants told him to stay away from team activities.

Baker's legal representation maintained that his client was not guilty. Giants head coach Joe Judge first acknowledged Baker's situation June 17, ultimately declining comment.

A report June 23 by TMZ Sports cited two witnesses claiming Baker never robbed anyone. However, a subsequent report July 10 by the New York Daily News alleged that Baker paid off witnesses.

The Giants placed Baker on the commissioner's exempt list July 27. He appealed his placement July 28. Baker withdrew the appeal Aug. 7 amid an official charge of four counts.

A Sept. 2 report by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano revealed that Baker expected to be released by the Giants. Five days later, Baker was waived.

Baker faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in state prison if convicted. His next court case is Dec. 2 with the court expected to consider his motion for issuance of order for show cause, according to Raanan.