NFL player Corey Ballentine shot in Kansas just hours after being drafted by New York Giants


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.