Tampa Bay Buccanneers undrafted rookie Dominique Robertson was the victim of a drive-by shooting in Loma Linda, California in the early hours of Friday morning, reports today have revealed.
According to ESPN, Robertson - who was signed by the Bucs after a standout season at the University of West Georgia - suffered two gun shot wounds to the leg after a vehicle pulled up to an apartment complex and opened fire in the direction of himself and a friend.
Fortunately, it appears the NFL rookie has escaped serious harm as, per his attorney Zulu Ali, he was released from hospital at around 6 p.m. on the Friday evening.
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However, Ali has voiced his concern about the treatment the 6' 5", 324 lbs offensive tackle received from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
According to the attorney, Roberston was questioned for around six hours after being released from hospital, during which time he was allegedly denied the right to an attorney:
"It absolutely doesn't make any sense," Ali said of the authority's questioning of Robertson. "There's no reason to believe he was implicated or anything.
"There's no reason to believe he was involved with anything. Although it happened at 3 or 3:30 in the morning -- there obviously weren't a lot of people who observed what took place -- it was not any area that he would have been involved with anything wrong or shady or anything like that."
The Bucs have acknowledged the situation and put on record their concern for the rookie's health. Robertson's situation is especially concerning to one member of the franchise's staff, his uncle George Warhop who serves as the team's offensive line coach.
While the OT appears to have escaped serious injury, what looks to have been a major case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time means his bid to make the Bucs' final 53 man roster have been dealt a significant blow.