New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early is in hospital today after being shot during a robbery in the early hours of Wednesday morning, reports say.
According to the New York Daily News, Early was shot once in the left leg after three vehicles surrounded an uber he and his girlfriend were in at approximately 4.30 a.m.
The 24-year-old is currently in the Elmhurst Hospital Center where he is said to be a stable condition.
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The Daily News notes that "as many as half-a-dozen men" were involved in the robbery that took place outside of a NYC gentleman's club, and Early was forced to hand over jewelry including two gold chains and the gold caps of his teeth.
Police did not arrest anyone at the scene of the crime, although the investigation is ongoing and there is speculation that the assailants specifically targeted the second-year player. The man driving the uber has been ruled out as a suspect, reports say.
The gun shot wound sustained by Early appears to have been inflicted on the same left knee that required surgery last season.
Fortunately, however, it doesn't look like the role player's injury is life-threatening. Indeed, Early's mother told reporters that she'd spoken to her son and he was in "good spirits."
Knicks teammate Kristaps Porzingis was amongst those to offer their support and well wishes in the aftermath of the attack:
Early, a Bronx native, has featured in just ten games for the New York franchise this season.