Brandon Meriweather alleged to be involved in shooting

By Off the BASN sports wire
Updated: March 10, 2011

Brandon Merriweather

Brandon Merriweather

Orlando, FLA
.—The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was present during a shooting incident that took place in the early hours of Feb. 28, the Boston Herald reported.

Police also said Meriweather is not currently listed as a suspect in the shooting of two men, who have accused the two-time Pro Bowl safety of pulling the trigger.

“William Brandon Meriweather, among others, has been identified as being present during a shooting which occurred on February 28th, 2011, which is being investigated by this office,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a report obtained by the Herald. “We will continue to provide information that is available for release when proper to do so, and in a timely manner.”

John Morgan, who claims to represent the two victims, had earlier told sports blogging website Deadspin.com that Meriweather had pulled a gun during a fight and fired one shot that grazed one man in the face before hitting another in the head.

The incident, according to Morgan’s initial statements, happened after a fight broke out at an Orlando-area bar and led to the alleged shooting at a nearby house. Both men survived.

According to The Boston Globe, Morgan later clarified his comments on Boston’s WEEI radio, saying he was basing the information on what his clients told him, and he was not certain if Meriweather was actually involved in the alleged incident.

“I have a lot of doubt about that,” Morgan said, according to The Globe. “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.”

Morgan told Deadspin the trouble started at a nearby bar when a friend of Meriweather’s allegedly beat up a woman. The situation then shifted to a house, where Meriweather’s friend reportedly was involved in a fight with the woman’s brother.

The victims’ attorney said that was when Meriweather pulled out his gun and fired at the brother, grazing him in the cheek and hitting the other man in the head.

The Patriots released a statement earlier Thursday saying: “We are aware of the reported allegation, but do not have any additional information.”