In the weeks following Quinton Dunbar’s arrest for an alleged armed robbery and subsequent not guilty plea, there has been little news regarding his status both legally and for the 2020 NFL season.
In late June, during an extended conference call with reporters, Pete Carroll seemed to be optimistic about Dunbar’s availability for the coming season while adding that Dunbar had been participating in the Seahawks’ virtual offseason. While Dunbar has been participating in team activities from Florida, Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was permitted to travel to New York—which would suggest Dunbar would be allowed to travel to Seattle, when it came time to report.
A new development in Dunbar’s case, however, suggests it won’t be as simple as anticipated as recently as last month. According to Daniel Wallach of The Athletic, Dunbar has added a second lawyer to his defense team.
NEW: Quinton Dunbar adds 2nd lawyer to criminal defense team handling armed robbery case in FL. This comes several weeks after his other lawyer claimed that he had five witness affidavits saying that Dunbar was not involved. Hiring new lawyer suggests dismissal not imminent. pic.twitter.com/EhGAfNFiF6— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) July 7, 2020
Wallach, a legal analyst, adds that the addition of a second lawyer suggests a dismissal is not imminent. A month ago, one of Baker’s attorneys told reporters he expected charges, which remain against the New York cornerback, dropped within a week. Jordan Raanan of ESPN added to Wallach’s tweet, suggesting the dismissal of charges becomes less likely as time goes on.
This was done last week. The general feeling seems to be that the longer they wait for the state attorney’s office decision to move forward, the less likely it is to go away for DeAndre Baker and Dunbar. https://t.co/5GKjYoF5ww— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 7, 2020
Though there are still further developments to come in Dunbar’s case, the addition of a second lawyer to his defense team seems to suggest it is going to get more complicated before anything is resolved. With training camp set to open in three weeks, Dunbar’s status for 2020 and beyond remains up in the air.