New England Patriots

Brandon Meriweather: False Indications Regarding Recent Shooting

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Brandon Meriweather #31 of the New England Patriots looks on in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills during on September 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Bills 38-30.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIMarch 10, 2011

The New England Patriots' Brandon Meriweather, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, is not listed as a victim, suspect or witness in a recent shooting in Meriweather's hometown of Apopka, FL.

Tampa radio host Dan Sileo first reported the story that Meriweather was the shooter at a house party in his hometown. According to the report, Meriweather got into a fight with two men and then shot one in the head while grazing the other one's face.

A Deadspin report cited the victim's attorney, John Morgan, as stating that Meriweather is "extremely lucky to be alive."

However, the victim's attorney appeared on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan and gave his opinion on whether or not his clients are lying: 

"Hell yes. If my clients are lying? Hell yes," he responded. "That's why if I was representing Meriweather, I would get out in front of this and if I'm innocent I'd get out in front of this [Thursday] morning."

There have been no further reports. 

Rather than feeling "lucky to be alive," the Patriots' 2007 first-round draft choice should feel lucky not to be involved on the police report. 

The New England Patriots organization released the follow statement: "We are aware of the reported allegation, but do not have any additional information."


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