Cleanthony Early of New York Knicks Is Shot in Knee During Robbery
New York Knicks basketball player Cleanthony Early was robbed and shot in the left knee early Wednesday morning in Queens.
The Knicks released a statement on Twitter saying: “We are aware of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation. We will not comment any further until we receive more information.”
The New York Police Department does not release the identities of non-fatal shooting victims. But a police spokesman tells PEOPLE that a 24-year-old male had left a club and was traveling in an Uber cab with his girlfriend and another female when three cars boxed in their vehicle.
At that point, the spokesman says, four to six African American males brandished guns and demanded property. The victim gave the perpetrators the property but one shot was fired, hitting the victim in the knee.
The suspects fled in unknown vehicles and their identities are unknown, the spokesman says.
Multiple news outlets have reported that Early was leaving CityScapes Gentleman’s Club on 58th Street in Maspeth.
Knicks star rookie Kristaps Porzingis tweeted his support for Early, writing, “Prayers for my brother @Clearly_BallLyf.”
The incident comes less than two weeks after Derrick Williams, another Knicks player, was robbed of more than $600,000 by two women he had taken home from a Manhattan club. Surveillance video was released showing the suspects, but police are still looking for them.