New York Knicks player, Cleanthony Early, was shot in the knee and robbed outside of a strip club in Queens, New York earlier today.
The New York Times reports that, 24-yr-old Early, was on his way out of the CityScapes Gentlemen’s Club at about 4 a.m. with a female partner and had been in an Uber when the incident occurred.
According to report by cops at the scene, he was already in the cab when he was accosted by a gang of 6 men with ski masks. The robbers boxed in the cab with their vehicle.
Cleanthony Early was reportedly robbed of all his jewelery, including the gold caps on his teeth. Before he was later shot once in the kneecap, as the gang were fleeing the scene, although the woman and the Uber driver are reported to be unharmed.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he spoke with Early on Wednesday morning. “He’s doing OK. I don’t think we’ve got enough of a medical update to assume everything is OK, but relatively, he’s doing well,” Fisher said. “It doesn’t appear to be life-threatening at this point. But obviously, until you’re released from the hospital I think we also have to be cautious.”
Fisher later added: “The most important thing is that it appears at least that he’s going to still be with us and hopefully be back with our team soon. To what extent of the injury etc, we won’t know that for now. But for sure to know that he’s still here and doing relatively well, as well as you could be, I think we’ll take that.
Cleanthony Early was selected by New York in the second round of the 2014 draft following his senior season at Wichita State and has been a part of the team ever since.
He is reportedly undergoing treatment at Elmhurst Hospital following the incident and we do hope he makes full recovery and gets back to doing what he knows how to do best in time.