Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was alleged to have been the shooter of two former high school classmates. The victims’ lawyer who passed along the initial allegations has expressed doubt regarding Meriweather’s status as the shooter. We’ve been waiting for more facts to emerge in the case and can share with you the incident report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. This portion of the report was taken at the shooting scene at 2:10am on February 28th and it names Nico Stanley and Quentin Taylor as the shooting victims. Here’s what it says (you’ll probably have to zoom in):
UPDATE (9:32 a.m.): An Orange County Sheriff’s department told WEEI Thursday morning that Meriweather is not currently part of any investigation: “Mr. Meriweather is not officially listed on any police report at this point. There is an ongoing investigation into that incident, but I can tell you he’s not listed at this point. We are having meetings on a number of issues this morning, but nothing as of this time.” Two weeks later and no mention of Meriweather in any police report? He’s looking better by the minute.
The official flagship station of the New England Patriots, 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, may have helped strengthen Brandon Meriweather’s case on Thursday morning. As you may already know, two men who were shot on February 27th at a house party in Florida have alleged Meriweather was the shooter. The lawyer representing them, John Morgan of the Morgan & Morgan personal injury firm in Florida, spoke with the Toucher and Rich Show on Thursday morning. To be frank, he made a complete fool of himself. You can hear the audio here. I highly recommend listening to the entire clip:
By all accounts, there is no police record of the incident. According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department had no record of the incident as of this morning. Morgan claims that the department would say there is an ongoing investigation if asked, but the report from the Herald directly contradicts that claim.
If Brandon Meriweather being involved in a shooting sounds familiar to you, it’s because it should. We passed along word that two men are alleging the Patriots safety shot them on February 27th. No arrests have been made in that case, and the allegations come from the attorney hired by the victims.
While those are just allegations, the incident from July 2006 is factual. In 2006, former Canes safety Willie Cooper and teammate Brandon Meriweather noticed a suspicious car outside their residence. When they went to investigate, a man next to the house popped up and shot Cooper in the butt. Meriweather shot at the man three times and scared him away. Nobody appeared to be injured in the incident.
Meriweather had a permit for the gun at the time and he was acting in self defense, but this also suggests the man is quite familiar with carrying and operating firearms (even if his accuracy may be lacking). This is not the type of history that makes us confident in his innocence. If anything, the missed shots should be a dead giveaway it was Brandon. Between the helmet-to-helmet hits and our criticism of his Pro Bowl selection, it’s not looking like Meriweather’s year.
It appears as if Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather may be a person of interest for police in Florida. A man who was shot on February 27th outside a house party says it was the Patriots safety who fired the shots at him and his friend.
The report of the allegations comes from Deadspin which talked to John Morgan of the Morgan & Morgan personal injury firm in Florida who was retained by the shooting victims. Morgan tells Deadspin that “the trouble started at the Blue Jeans Lounge in Apokpa when a friend of Meriweather’s allegedly beat up a woman. The woman’s brother arrived later with his own friend, and the conflagration shifted to a nearby party, where the brother soon got the better of Meriweather’s friend in a fight. That’s when Meriweather allegedly pulled out his gun and fired at the brother, grazing the man’s face and hitting the other victim in the head.”