The entire second half of this week has been a whirlwind of news surrounding the Seattle Seahawks and recent addition Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar was acquired in a trade from the Washington Redskins in late March for a fifth round pick, and fans were excited about the possibility of adding another quality cornerback to the mix across from 2019 Pro Bowler Shaquill Griffin. However, any plans may have been put to the side on Thursday when word came out that an arrest warrant had been issued by the Miramar, Florida police department for Dunbar following an alleged incident at a get together late Wednesday evening.
That led into a couple of days of did he or did he not, as both Dunbar and DeAndre Baker of the New York Giants both retained attorneys. On Saturday the attorneys for the two players each issued a statement that the witnesses had recanted and that their respective clients were innocent. In any case, both Dunbar and Baker turned themselves in on Saturday with a court appearance Sunday morning
A $100,000 bond was set for Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar this morning --- $25,000 on each count. Will also not be allowed to travel out of state for now, though court was told that for now there would be no need. State had asked for no bond. So, Dunbar will be released.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 17, 2020
At the court appearance the judge set Dunbar’s bond at $100,000, which means it seems reasonable to assume that he will likely be released sometime later on Sunday. However, the judge also placed one other restriction on Dunbar.
On Dunbar not being allowed to travel outside of Florida as part of his pre-trial release, the judge said that stipulation can be revisited if needed.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) May 17, 2020
While this might seem like a significant issue for an NFL player who is employed by a team about as far away from South Florida within the continental United States one can get, the simple fact is it’s likely a non-issue going forward. The judge in the Mychal Kendricks case place the same restriction on both Kendricks and his co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki, but then following a petition each were allowed to relocate to the Pacific Coast in order to continue working in their respective profession. If this case is not resolved by the time it becomes necessary for Dunbar to report to the Seahawks, whether that is for an offseason program in June or for training camp in July, it would not be unexpected or unusual for the judge to grant such a request.
In any case, the saga continues, and what this means for the Seahawks, Dunbar and the competition in the Seattle secondary is anybody’s guess at this point.
Dunbar’s lawyer, Michael Grieco, provided an update in the late afternoon on Sunday stating his client had been released from Broward County Jail on the $100,000 bond set earlier in the day. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, an arraignment for Dunbar could occur within three weeks.