Corey Ballentine, just selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round, was apparently injured in a fatal shooting early Sunday morning.
BREAKING: Washburn football player Dwane Simmons was killed and #Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine was injured in an off-campus shooting early Sunday morning.— Tyler Greever (@WIBWTyler) April 28, 2019
Ballentine reportedly has been hospitalized with “a non-life threatening gunshot wound.” Per WIBW’s Tyler Greever, Ballentine is “expected to make a full recovery.” The shooting took place in Topeka, Kan.
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.
Here is a statement from the Giants:
We are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information. We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community.
Ian Rapoport reported that Ballentine should recover in “just a matter of weeks.”
NFL.com called Ballentine a “high character player.”
— More details as they become available