Patriots’ Meriweather accused of shooting two men

Patriots’ safety Brandon Meriweather is being accused of shooting two men outside a party on February 27 in Apopka, Florida.

According to the victims’ attorney John Morgan, Meriweather’s friend beat up a woman and things escalated into a brawl when the woman’s brother arrived at the party. Meriweather is accused of pulling out a gun and shooting the brother and another man, although even Morgan casts doubts about whether or not the safety was the shooter.

From the Boston Globe:

“I have a lot of doubt about that,” Morgan said. “That’s what these fellas told me, but I don’t assume that to be true at all. I assume nothing to be true until we get an investigation completed. Their allegation to me is … one of the fellas was in a fight with someone else out there and their allegation is that Meriweather shot him. That bullet grazed that fellas head and hit the second client, went through the cheek and head… the cops have had this case for two weeks.”

Greg Bedard and Ian Rapoport of the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, respectively, are both reporting that the accusations against Meriweather are untrue. Whether or not the safety was even at the party that night is unclear. What is clear, however, is that only two people are claiming Meriweather is the shooter and they’re the two victims.

This isn’t the first time Meriweather has been involved in a shooting case. Back in 2006, he was involved in a shooting while at “The U” but no charges were filed because Meriweather owned the gun legally and it was determined that he fired in self defense after a teammate was shot. Unless more evidence is brought to light in this new case, it appears as though Meriweather doesn’t have anything to worry about now either.

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Poor play of Pats’ defense bigger surprise than Sam Bradford

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches his team play against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter of their NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts August 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

I haven’t done a Google search yet, but I can only imagine how many, “Should Sam Bradford start Week 1?” topics are floating around the web after the rookie’s performance in the Rams’ 36-35 win over the Patriots in Foxboro last night.

The third preseason game is when starters usually play an entire half and maybe even some of the third quarter. So for Bradford to look as poised and as comfortable as he did completing 15 of 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns against New England’s starting defense was impressive. Whether or not he gets the opportunity to start as a rookie is a hot topic right now – as it should be.

But the biggest takeaway for me last night wasn’t the play of Bradford, but how poor the Patriots’ first-team defense looked.

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