Curran: Meriweather accusations smell like shakedown

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Curran: Meriweather accusations smell like shakedown

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

Brandon Meriweather is no Rhodes Scholar. Nor is he a choirboy. And there is a difference between "innocent" and "not guilty."All that said, the "Apopka Incident" smells like a shakedown. Attorney John Morgan made the rounds of the morning radio shows on Thursday and it's important to note that he is not a criminal attorney, but a personal injury attorney. In other words, the end game is not jail. It's compensation. Let's look at this objectively. If a bullet grazes one person and then lands in the head of another on February 28 and - by March 10 - nobody's been arrested for firing that bullet, it's a pretty safe bet the policeinvestigation isn't going well.A possible reason? The whole scene was a crapstorm. The cops can't figure out who shot the gun because nobody's saying and they have no physical evidence to establish who did it. Morgan did a terrific job on WEEI drumming up reasonable doubt that it was Meriweather who shot the gun when he said, "There's a shooting in the dark in a yard in front of a house. My client identified Meriweather as the shooter."I'm going to climb out on a limb here and say that, of all the peoplein attendance, Meriweather had the most stable job and highest income in 2010. Andthe guy with the "hole in his cheek" as Morgan described it, was probably aware of that. So, voila,Meriweather becomes the shooter. Now, ifI were in Attorney Morgan's shoes, I'd want to make sure these guys were pretty reliable before I put myself out there as the face of the incident. The trouble isMorgan doesn't even sound like he believes them, professing thathe has "a lot of doubts."It sucks that someone ended up with a hole in their cheek. And it would suck even more if, in fact, Meriweather fired the gun, wasn't brought to justice and ambled merrily along with his NFL life. But this doesn't add up.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.

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