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Lawyer for alleged Meriweather shooting victims addresses the situation

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The good folks at WEEI in Boston are pouncing on the allegation that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather fired a bullet that struck two people in Apopka, Florida on February 27.

As Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe pointed out to us via Twitter, two men arrived at a local hospital on the morning on February 28 with gunshot wounds.  Though some will be inclined to dismiss the allegations based on the fact that the men didn’t want to press charges, we all know by now that some folks who have survived a shooting aren’t immediately inclined to point fingers at the shooter, for fear of being shot again at a later date — and having a more dire outcome.  (Dwight Dixon, anyone?)

The question becomes whether Meriweather fired the gun.  Lawyer John Morgan joined The Dennis & Callahan Show on WEEI this morning to discuss the allegation that Meriweather pulled the trigger.

Morgan says that the two men reached out to his firm, and that they claim Meriweather fired the shots.  Morgan acknowledged that he has “a lot of doubt” about whether Meriweather pulled the trigger, but Morgan explained that his clients, who went to high school with Meriweather, believe that Meriweather was the shooter.

“I assume nothing to be true until we get an investigation completed,” Morgan said.

Of course, Morgan later said that he currently assumes that what his clients are telling him is true.  So he’s assuming something before the investigation is finished.

Morgan also said that police have “had this case for two weeks,” and that if Meriweather has an alibi or a clear defense, he should be saying so publicly and loudly.

Morgan explained that the local authorities aren’t saying much about the situation, but he’s confident that police are investigating the situation.

Morgan was asked whether he’ll drop the case if he finds out that Meriweather wasn’t the shooter.  “Hell yes,” he said.

It may not be so easy for Morgan to wash his hands and walk away, if that ends up being the case.  Morgan publicly has said that his clients believe Meriweather fired the shot.  If Meriweather didn’t, someone has defamed Meriweather, and he’d have legal rights against the alleged victims.

Or possibly against Morgan himself.

Either way, and as our corporate goombah Tom Curran of CSNNE.com points out, Meriweather has been involved in a prior gun incident.  “While at the University of Miami, Meriweather returned fire at assailants who shot his then-teammate Willie Cooper in the buttocks,” Curran writes.  “Meriweather had a permit for the gun and it was determined he acted in self-defense.”

Whether he acted in self-defense or otherwise in this case remains to be seen, and it’s safe to say that plenty of details will be emerging.

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23 Responses to “Lawyer for alleged Meriweather shooting victims addresses the situation”
  1. jerruhjones says: Mar 10, 2011 9:59 AM

    Willie Cooper = Forrest Gump ?

  2. medialovesthecowboys says: Mar 10, 2011 10:00 AM

    “Morgan explained that his clients, who went to high school with Meriweather, believe that Meriweather was the shooter.”
    ——————————————————

    Right away, it seems that there was some bad blood, between these guys, already. With that in mind, Merriweather shouldn’t have been at this house party. If you play in the NFL and make a lot of money, there will be some sacrifices. Avoiding potential situations like this would be one of them.

  3. wryly1 says: Mar 10, 2011 10:03 AM

    Uncharacteristic for Bellicheck to have ‘gangsta’s’ on his roster. He typically prefers players with the intelligence to make good decisions and judgments.

  4. imnice777 says: Mar 10, 2011 10:05 AM

    So why bring up his past issues? If someone shot your buddy right in front of you and you had a legal gun in your hand I guess you guys at PFT would just stand there and take pictures? Interesting, maybe he is a better guy than you guys are.

  5. holdthemayo123 says: Mar 10, 2011 10:15 AM

    Why would Meriweather say anything before being compelled to do so legally? I would think he has better legal counsel than that.

  6. packerrube13 says: Mar 10, 2011 10:16 AM

    @Medialovethebowboys,

    Exactly. Be an adult. Know the risk/reward of a situation like this and just avoid it. There is no reason, with the celebrity he carries, that he should still be attending house parties.

    On that note though, he is innocent. You don’t think it’s weird that two weeks pass by and then these allegations come out? Police haven’t even spoken to him, so clearly the other guests at the party saw something different than these two money grabbers claiming BM shot them. I hope he does take legal action against them for defamation. This definitely hurt his rep.

  7. gdbroker says: Mar 10, 2011 10:20 AM

    Pats fan here who thinks Meriweather is the poster child for why the Pro Bowl is a joke. That said, from what I hear on WEEI and 98.5 is that there isn’t any proof Meriweather was even there, and the “victims” own lawyer has serious doubts that even if he was, that he was the trigger man. Also the lawyer came across as an unprofessional ambulance chaser who would drop this in a second once there’s not the possibility of a huge settlement on the other end.

  8. pfinnj says: Mar 10, 2011 10:31 AM

    Morgan & Morgan is one of two largest ambulance chasing law firms in the area. Anything Morgan says has to viewed through that prism.

    That said, Merriweather is a knuclehead.

  9. jw731 says: Mar 10, 2011 10:33 AM

    I have become numb to professional athletes putting themselves in situtations where if they weren’t professional athletes, they would be considered idiots….

  10. j0esixpack says: Mar 10, 2011 10:40 AM

    wryly1 says: Uncharacteristic for Bellicheck to have ‘gangsta’s’ on his roster. He typically prefers players with the intelligence to make good decisions and judgments.

    “Gangsta’s” – yes.

    But he likes guys who have a meanstreak on the field (think Rodney Harrison, Bryan Cox and others) and I think that’s what made Meriweather attractive in the first place.

    But there have always been some concerns about Meriweather. Most Patriots fans will come down on the side of letting the investigation determine what, if any, role Meriweather had – and then let the chips fall where they may, whether its an action by Goodell or Belichick.

    Belichick would rather cut a quality player but bad apple to send a message to current and future players. His team would suffer in the short term but he knows in the long term he’s better off.

  11. vetdana says: Mar 10, 2011 10:53 AM

    Merriweather is a knuclehead.

    At some point you have to wise up and know that your running with the wrong crowd !If he doesnt change his “entourage”, he may kiss his NFL career goodbye.

  12. kernelreefer says: Mar 10, 2011 10:56 AM

    You can’t go to house parties if you’re rich? Isn’t that the point?

  13. wryly1 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:16 AM

    hey – packerrube:

    Um… if the shooting victims haven’t said anything publicly, how have the defamed BM? Duuh!

    Ever heard of police investigations taking some before determing if there is enough evidence to prove criminal charges in Court – which IS THE standard? Duuh again!

    Victims of ANY shooting are wise to retain counsel to protect themselves, their rights and preserve their options. Duuh a thid time!

    Please spare us your legal expertise and analysis.

  14. jw731 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:22 AM

    @joesixpack
    ——————————
    Belichick would rather cut a quality player but bad apple to send a message to current and future players. His team would suffer in the short term but he knows in the long term he’s better off.
    ————————————–
    Give it a rest, you act as if Belichick is Gandhi…If this was Brady, would he send the same message?…you Pats fans who act as if Belichick is anything more than a damn football coach crack me up…

  15. jpak12 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:51 AM

    @ jw731

    Belichick has was un a similar situation, the Pats had a young promising CB who looked like he had a bright future with the team then was arrested with a large amount of pot and a gun and the Pats cut him because of it, so he did cut a quality player who could have helped the team…

    ofcourse to Patriot haters until he cuts Tom Brady you all say otherwise.

  16. robsterny says: Mar 10, 2011 12:18 PM

    @ joesixpack;
    *LOL*…Give it a rest will ya!…If this was a Jets player you and your bosox buddies would be mud -slinging like crazy. Your so pompous…you talk as if Belichick is some kind of mystical immortal or something..*L*…Hes a head coach!…nothing more nothing less.
    @ jpak12; How much of a “quality player” was he?…you dont even remember his name!…oh yea big impact player! ..*LOL*

  17. robzar says: Mar 10, 2011 12:18 PM

    So I post the most clever reply to this story and it gets deleted???????? For what?? What a joke.

  18. ubummer says: Mar 10, 2011 12:19 PM

    “Morgan publicly has said that his clients believe Meriweather fired the shot. If Meriweather didn’t, someone has defamed Meriweather, and he’d have legal rights against the alleged victims.

    Or possibly against Morgan himself.”

    Huh?

    The truth is always ironclad defense against defamation. Do Morgan’s client’s truly believe Meriweather was the shooter? If so, no defamation. The key word is “believe”. Good luck trying to prove they don’t believe he was the shooter.

    On the other hand, if they make a public statement of fact such as “Meriweather was the shooter,” when it is provably false that Meriweather wasn’t the shooter, then their statements are actionable. If they merely believe he was the shooter, then they are simply stating opinion and that is not actionable, at least in most states.

  19. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 10, 2011 12:52 PM

    “The U” – Were you surprised?

  20. jpak12 says: Mar 10, 2011 1:51 PM

    @robsterny says

    I never said I didnt remember his name lmao it was Willie Andrews only a 7th round pick but was one of our better special team players and was showing real promise on defense he looked like he was gonna be a part of the Pats future but because of his arrests he was cut

    or what about when he made Terry Glenn inactive for the rest of the season due to off field issues?

    let me guesse no one will have a comeback and just go spygate

  21. elmobad says: Mar 10, 2011 3:00 PM

    “from what I hear on WEEI and 98.5 is that there isn’t any proof Meriweather was even there, and the “victims” own lawyer has serious doubts”

    proof? we don’t need no damn proof.. he was accused..

    8 game suspension

    keep it fair Godell

  22. NFLJunkie says: Mar 10, 2011 3:07 PM

    Though some will be inclined to dismiss the allegations based on the fact that the men didn’t want to press charges, we all know by now that some folks who have survived a shooting aren’t immediately inclined to point fingers at the shooter, for fear of being shot again at a later date

    Wait….let me get this straight…it’s not safe to go to the police when, you know, someone tries to shoot you in the head, for fear of retaliation…but hiring a lawyer to point fingers at the shooter is no problem?

  23. beastofeden says: Mar 10, 2011 4:18 PM

    we all know by now that some folks who have survived a shooting aren’t immediately inclined to point fingers at the shooter, for fear of being shot again at a later date — and having a more dire outcome. (Dwight Dixon, anyone?)——————

    That is absolutely incorrect. The people that were shot want their own brand of justice. The American judicial system is no help.

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