Patriots

Attorney: Meriweather innocent, holding up well

191543.jpg

Attorney: Meriweather innocent, holding up well

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
NEW ORLEANS - The attorney for Brandon Meriweather believes his client is "holding up well" after dealing with a somewhat dubious accusation of attempted murder. Adam Swickle, who delivered six sworn witness statements to the Orange County Sheriff's Office on Monday which he said vindicate the Patriots' safety from a February 27 shooting in Apopka, Florida, said the Patriots' safety has done "an amazing job keeping his composure in the face of a difficult situation."Swickle said he didn't want to characterize Meriweather's state of mind but asked, "How would the average person feel or any other athlete feel? These were extremely serious allegations. This wasn't a bar fight or someone spilling a drink. Were talking about attempted murder being accused. Anyone accused of something like that would have similar feelings."
Earlier Monday, Swickle told the Orlando Sentinel that Meriweather didn't have a gun on the night in question, "did not shoot anybody" and "was nothing but a peace-keeper" in the incident.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department has not completed their investigation or made any statements on Meriweather's disposition in the case. Neither Patriots head coach Bill Belichick nor team president Jonathan Kraft provided further comment on the Meriweather situation on Monday in New Orleans.
Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?

ex-pats-podcast17.png

Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?

The Patriots improve their record to 4-2 with a win over the Jets, but there are still a lot of concerning factors for New England. Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen talk about something the team isn't used to - close games.

Giardi also dives into whether there is a major problem with the locker room dynamic, and whether all the moves they made in the offseason were blown way out of proportion by the media and fans of the talent added, but didn't factor in the personalities they lost.

Koppen and Giardi also look at how the offensive line play has fallen off, despite the same personnel as last year. Finally, discussing the late scratch of Stephon Gilmore due to a concussion. Anything to read into the timing?