New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine has been released from the hospital and is currently resting at home after being injured in an off-campus shooting that took the life of his former college teammate and close friend, Dwane Simmons.
The 23-year-old Ballentine was struck in the glute during the Sunday morning shooting, which at this point lacks a motive or a suspect(s). An investigation is ongoing.
Despite the tragic circumstance, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman expects Ballentine to be present at the team’s mini-camp on May 4.
“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.”
Students at Washburn held a candlelight vigil for Simmons on Monday night, and while Ballentine was unable to attend, he did share a heartfelt message to his friend via social media shortly after the incident.
Ballentine, a sixth-round pick of the Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft, is expected to make a full recovery.