NFL player Corey Ballentine shot in Kansas just hours after being drafted by New York Giants
An American football player has been shot just hours after being drafted by NFL‘s New York Giants.
Corey Ballentine was chosen by the Giants as the 180th pick on Saturday, and the club confirmed they have been in contact with Ballentine since the shooting.
“The Giants are aware of the situation and have spoken to sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine after he was shot,” a Giants spokesperson said.
“We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital.”
The shooting took place in Topeka, Kansas, with one fatality reported. Dwane Simmons, a 22-year-old former college team-mate of Ballentine’s and current Washburn University defensive back, is understood to have died on the street in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A Washburn University statement read: “We come to you this morning with sad and difficult news. Early this morning two of our students were the victims of an off-campus shooting.
“Dwane Simmons, a junior and a member of the football team, was killed in the incident. In addition, Corey Ballentine, a senior, was injured.
LATEST SPORT NEWS
“Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act.
“Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general.
“This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career.”
Craig Schurig, the Washburn coach, said: “Heartbreaking news about Dwayne Simmons.
“Dwane is one of the most energetic and well-liked players I have ever coached at Washburn. Dwane’s infectious smile and love for football and his teammates was truly inspirational.
“Our prayers of healing go out to his family, his parents Navarro and Yasmine Simmons and Chaquilla Williams.”
Source: SportsLatest TS