Report: Patriots S Meriweather accused of being involved in shooting

Posted March 10, 2011 @ 11:23 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 4:00 p.m. ET

Two shooting victims have accused Patriots S Brandon Meriweather of allegedly shooting them in Florida during a fight on Feb. 27.

John Morgan, the attorney for the victims, told that his clients identified Meriweather as firing at one man, grazing his face and hitting another victim in the head.

On WEEI sports radio in Boston on Thursday, though, Morgan was asked if he had any doubt that Meriweather was the shooter. "I have a lot of doubt about that," he responded. "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."

Meriweather's legal guardian, Tim Bridges, told PFW correspondent and Boston Herald writer Ian Rapoport that the allegations are not true. There's "no truth to the rumors," Bridges told Rapoport.

The Orange County Sheriff's office confirmed to the Herald that Meriweather was present at the time of the shooting, saying it is an open investigation.

One of Meriweather's relatives told the Boston Globe that Meriweather was simply trying to break up a fight, and identified another man as the shooter.

The victims went to Apopka High School in Florida with Meriweather. The two-time Pro Bowler played at the University of Miami.

The Patriots released a statement, saying, "We are aware of the reported allegation, but do not have any additional information."