Police Seek Interview With Meriweather Over Florida Shooting

BOSTON (CBS) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Patriots All-Pro safety Brandon Meriweather was present during the shooting of two men in Florida.

The two men claim Meriweather shot them in Florida last month. However, Meriweather has not been charged or even accused by police. The attorney representing the men said he has “doubts.”

See: Orange County Police Report (.pdf)

Thursday afternoon officials released the police report and issued a statement on Meriweather.  “We are not prepared at this time to characterize or disclose Mr. Meriweather’s status in this case, though we do seek to interview him,” said officials.

Florida attorney John Morgan represents the men.  He told WBZ-TV’s David Robichaud Thursday morning that his clients claim that Meriweather fired a gun at a house party in Apokpa, Florida February 27 and wounded them.

Morgan talks to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Deb Lawler

One man was grazed in the head, the other was shot through the cheek, according to Morgan, who claimed the shooting stemmed from a fight between Meriweather’s friend, and another man.

Morgan said his clients attended Apopka High School with Meriweather in the Orlando suburb.

The men were treated at a hospital and released.  But the man who was shot through the cheek is still in “severe, severe pain,” according to Morgan.

“The bullet went through his cheek and into his head and he is miraculously alive,” Morgan told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Morgan said his clients were interviewed by police after the shooting and told investigators that Meriweather shot them.  Morgan’s clients also claim Meriweather left Florida after the shooting.

There has been no comment from Meriweather, but the Patriots issued the following statement just after 10 a.m.:

“We are aware of the reported allegation, but do not have any additional information.”

The Orange County Sherriff’s Department told WBZNewsRadio 1030 there was an incident Feb. 27, but that the allegations concerning Meriweather have not been confirmed and no charges have been filed.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Orange County Sheriff’s Office records list 23-year-old Nico Stanley and 24-year-old Quentin Taylor as victims in the shooting.

The paper also said Meriweather’s “agent and lawyer declined comment on any potential criminal matters. Both said they were aware of the situation.”

Boston Herald Patriots beat reporter Ian Rapoport spoke to Meriweather’s legal guardian Tim Bridges Thursday.

“He told me in no uncertain terms that the allegations are not true,” Rapoport told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zo.

“He was pretty fired up about it, obviously upset. He’s down in Florida right now, he’s been hearing the rumors, it was all kind of abuzz on Miami talk radio yesterday. He was pretty clear that it’s not true. He did not dispute Brandon was in Apopka that night, he didn’t know that he was at that party, but he says he was not the shooter in any incident.”

In the interview with WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Morgan was careful not to accuse Meriweather directly.

“Everything that I am reporting is what has been alleged,” Morgan said.  “It was according to our clients.”

In an interview later with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Rich Shertenlieb and Dan Roche, Morgan expressed doubt that Meriweather was even involved in the shooting.

“I have a lot of doubt,” Morgan said.

“Look, it’s a shooting. I haven’t heard anything from him yet. I haven’t heard anything from his representatives. As I’ve said before, it may be as simple as this, Brandon Meriweather says ‘How could it be me, I wasn’t even in that town.’ This is a young person’s life. I’m never going to rush out and say, ‘My clients told me, so this happened.'”

“What we’ve been told is what we’ve been told by two clients we’ve never met before in our lives. Everything we’re told is an allegation. The only thing that I know for certain is there are serious injuries to both of these people. I think that, the first thing that I would do if I was, and everything is allegedly happened here, the first thing that I think has to happen, if Brandon Meriweather didn’t have anything to do with it, he comes forward this morning and says ‘What are you talking about?'”

In 2006, while he was a student at the University of Miami, Meriweather fired a gun three times at a man who shot his friend.  The man was not hit and Meriweather was not charged because the gun was legally registered to him.

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  • jason ard

    start looking bill seems like your leadership was not enough! I am disappointed to say the least. And if this is for real, are super bowl chances are not.

    • barry

      what the pats cant win a superbowl without Meriweather? silly to say the least.

  • Joe

    Right now these are accusations, if you could properly read Jason. It’s brainless morons like yourself that ruins up the American court system.. Let the accusations be proven first.

    • Craig M

      Amen brotha. Some people will do anything just to get into the newspaper. I’m sure they heard he was in town, and are trying to settle.

  • Dawnmarie

    i pray this isnt true..not just for patriots sake..but for his own sake and sake of his family..how could you let the hood life take you down when youve been blessed with the skills he has shown on the field..sad sad event

  • Rich Clancey

    This is not ‘news’, this is a rumor. Treat it as a lead, but don’t go on the air with it.

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  • Mike

    “OUR Superbowl chances are not…[insert adjective?]”

  • Joshua

    Wow, I’ve never heard an attorney be less convincing. Strange.

  • Mike

    So these two kids showed up in the hospital with gunshot wounds. They talked to the cops and told them who shot them. Then the cops don’t go pick Meriweather or investigate the shooting at all. In fact they do nothing and it takes a month for this “alleged” incident to come to the surface? Doesn’t. Make. Sense.

  • dan

    it wasn’t a month ago

  • Chris

    Dan, maybe re-read the FIRST sentence of this article. Idiot.

    • Dan II

      Maybe YOU should re-read the first sentence. Then you should re-read the second sentence(if you can) and realize that last month was only 10 days ago and a typical month is about 30 days.

  • Michelle Fuller Fitzgerald

    Why is this even news?? These 2 buffons are probably looking for a payday and shame on you WBZ for reporting this nonsense!

  • Greg

    It’s funny that this was known on Monday and Boston’s Media breaks it today. The accusers aren’t cooperating with the police, so obviously it isn’t that big of deal.

  • jerry

    Dont worry it will be a miss understanding on who shot who and another rich privilaged kid gets away with breaking the law as usual , they will say his friend grabbed the gun and shot the guy or make something stupid up for people to believe .

  • Thomas Hood

    Yeah it’s not like he ever did this before… Wait…

  • Justin G.

    thats why hes big bang brandon

  • lori

    I am curious as to WHY an adult male has a legal guardian… ALA Britney Spears with her conservatorship holding father.

    • Eddie D

      You raise a good point Lori. Why does a 27 year old multi millionaire, pro football player have a legal guardian?

  • Brad

    what a useless piece of news. nothing makes sense, why would you accuse someone of shooting you unless they did, I would want who ever shot me in the head to pay for it, but hey maybe they don’t know and they figure they can get some money from the one guy who had any at the party. Having said that, Meriweather is not going to be a patriot this year. Just being at a party with that kind of crowd is enough for the pats to unload him. next stop bangles

  • Ellen

    Don’t know if it’s true or not and hope it isn’t , but just maybe Merriweather was targeted by these men because of the fact that Merriweather is a big time football player with lots of money.

  • Cynic

    Will he have to go through a metal detecter when he plays the JETS?

  • Cynic

    He will probably claim he lost his balance and the gun went off.

  • Thomas Hood

    Right on, Cynic!

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  • Eddie D

    Apokpa is his home town. Attending a party amongst old high school friends. Anybody who knows anything about Meriweather and “The U Alumni” Well, I’ll just say that something tells me that this one is not that far fetched. I hope not…. Better lawyer up and head back to Florida Brandon??

  • Cynic

    This is a first… The other guys Lawyer say’s ‘ I have my doubts about this one”>>>>!!!!!!!

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