New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine is currently at home recovering from an injury sustained in a shooting that killed his former college teammate and close friend, Dwane Simmons.
Initially, it was expected that Ballentine would arrive in East Rutherford, New Jersey this week for the team’s first rookie mini-camp, which general manager Dave Gettleman alluded to on Monday.
“He’s a really bright kid and he’s a great kid,” Gettleman said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “What happened is tragic and unfortunate. That’s his best friend he was with.
“We spoke to him on Sunday. He’s coming along fine. He’ll be here Thursday for the minicamp this weekend.”
However, after reconsidering the circumstances, Gettleman and the Giants have requested that Ballentine remain home for the duration of team’s rookie mini-camp.
“We have been in communication with Corey since Sunday,” the team said in a Wednesday statement. “We have encouraged Corey to stay in Kansas this week to be with his family and friends as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life of his good friend and teammate Dwane Simmons.
“Corey will be with us when it’s appropriate.”
The 23-year-old Ballentine, who was struck in the glute during the shooting and spent a few days in the hospital, is expected to make a full recovery.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.