Patriots Meriweather may be questioned in shooting
Police in Orlando want to talk to New England Patriots safety
Brandon Meriweather about a shooting that injured two men outside a
bar near his hometown, authorities said Thursday.
The 27-year-old player was at the shooting in the early morning
hours of Feb. 28 in Apopka, Fla., Orange County Sheriff’s
department spokesman Capt. Angelo Nieves said at a news
Nieves said 24-year-old Quentin Taylor and 23-year-old Nico
Stanley were both injured. Taylor was shot in the face and Stanley
was grazed by a bullet.
The spokesman said there was some sort of altercation before the
shooting and that an attorney who says he represents Meriweather
would like to set up an interview. So far it hasn’t been
No charges have been filed.
Nieves wouldn’t go into details but said, ”there was some
activity, something that occurred, some discourse or disagreement
or altercation that occurred at (the bar) that precipitated the
Meriweather graduated from Apopka High School in 2002 and played
college football at the University of Miami. He was drafted in
first round of the 2007 draft by the Patriots and completed his
fourth NFL season in 2010.
Taylor was interviewed by detectives on Wednesday for the first
time. Stanley spoke to investigators on Monday, according to the
sheriff’s office. Nieves said that the time lapse was because the
men needed time to recover from their injuries.
A message left with Adam Swickle, whom the Orlando Sentinel
reported was representing Meriweather, was not returned.
The Patriots released a brief statement, which was posted on
their team website.
”We are aware of the reported allegation, but do not have any
additional information,” the statement said.
This isn’t the first time Meriweather’s name has been mentioned
in regard to a violent incident.
In October 2006 while still at Miami, he was part of an on-field
fight with several Florida International players.
About three months earlier, he shot at an assailant who had shot
Miami backup safety Willie Cooper outside the house Cooper shared
with Meriweather and another teammate, police said. Meriweather
wasn’t charged and police said he used the gun legally.