Barkevious Mingo’s lawyer: Accusation a lie, Falcons rushed to judgment

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Defensive end Barkevious Mingo was released by the Falcons this weekend after he turned himself into Arlington, Texas police on a charge of indecency with a child-sexual contact.

A lawyer representing Mingo had released a statement before his release calling the allegation “completely baseless” and another lawyer has issued another statement on Monday. Chris Lewis’ statement also discredited the accusation that led to the arrest while also criticizing the Falcons for parting ways with his client.

“We are extremely disappointed in the Atlanta Falcons’ rush to judgment in terminating Barkevious Mingo’s contract before gathering all of the relevant facts and prior to my client having his day in court,” Lewis said, via Adam Schefter of ESPN. “The accusation against Mr. Mingo is a lie. Barkevious knows it — so does his accuser.”

“Mr. Mingo appreciates the law enforcement officers have a tough job to do, and he is fully committed to cooperating with the authorities to clear his name. As soon as Barkevious became aware of the arrest warrant, he immediately travelled to Texas to turn himself in and answer to the charge. Now, he is ready to prove his innocence.”

“Mr. Mingo understands the seriousness of an accusation like this and the immediate negative impact it can have on a person’s reputation, even when there is zero evidence. But, he also knows that he will be fully vindicated when the truth comes to light. When that happens, the true motivation of the accuser will be clear and unambiguous.”

Mingo was released on a $25,000 bond and the second-degree felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

11 responses to “Barkevious Mingo’s lawyer: Accusation a lie, Falcons rushed to judgment

  1. Wow that’s a pretty strong statement. I hope his lawyers are telling the truth for everyone’s sake involved. And if the child is lying then there needs to be major repercussions to prevent false charges like this from happening. Anymore today, nothing would surprise me either way. There’s a lot of messed up people out there

  2. Why the outrage of cutting him? I think the Falcons did the right thing. A rookie HC does not need that issue to deal with in camp. He might not have made the team.

    I remember him being a big dud on the field. His tackling was bad and does not hit anyone.

  3. Think the police have a little evidence to bring about the alleged charges.

  4. The problem is the accusers claim it took place a few years ago but now are attempting to seek justice . No evidence at all may make this an extremely hard case to close .

  5. It looks like 6 months went by from accusation to arrest. I’m presuming law enforcement conducted an investigation during that time. I wouldn’t want him on my team. If he’s aquiited down the road, fine, but yeah pretty sure most people would get fired from their jobs in this situation.

  6. The laws of the NFL, top player’s crimes we will deal with and like KC get the commish to look the other way. Fringe players get cut as quick as possible and usually is the end of their NFL career. Even though Mingo was a high draft pick, he wasn’t good enough not to be a fringe player.

  7. The article in S.I. details how Mingo groomed these kids by taking them on a shopping spree, took them out to to dinner, and then to a hotel. He waited for the victim to fall asleep and then assaulted him. Police have contacted Nike (where Mingo bought them shoes) and they verified the purchases. The accuser’s story is falling into place for the Police.

  8. Speak a lie often enough and everyone will start to believe it. That is how lawyers work.

  9. I’m certain no defense lawyer would lie, so he must be innocent.
    They waited 2 years to make sure case was airtight. He’s cooked. ATL did the right thing

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