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Pat Shurmur’s history with Corey Ballentine adds to heartbreak

The Giants are giving Corey Ballentine as much time as he needs after the rookie cornerback was shot in an incident earlier in the week that took the life of one of his best friends.

“This is a unique situation, and we want him to get full closure on his end,’’ coach Pat Shurmur said Friday after a rookie minicamp practice that went on without Ballentine. “We’re sensitive to that. This is a real life situation. We want him to make sure he gets full closure. It’s May, we play in September.’’

Ballentine, taken in the sixth-round out of Division II Washburn University, was out with his friend and teammate, Dwane Simmons, early last Sunday morning in Topeka, Kan. They were leaving an off-campus party when, according to reports, a vehicle pulled up and, after a brief discussion, Ballentine, 23, was shot in the buttocks and Simmons, 23, was fatally shot.

The Giants told Ballentine to stay home, rather than attend this minicamp.

“He was the victim of a crime,’’ Shurmur said. “He’s a great young man. We got to know him really well through the draft process. My son trained with him … so I have some intimate knowledge what a great young man he is. It’s very unfortunate. That can happen to any of us. He’s going through the vigils and the things he has to go through and we’re here to support him as he comes back to us. We’re just here for him.’’

Shurmur said “I’m certainly aware of some of that stuff’’ when asked about any insinuation Ballentine was in some way to blame — Mike Francesa of WFAN said it was a bad “optic’’ for the Giants that Ballentine was involved in this incident.

“We know most if not all the details,’’ Shurmur said, “so that’s really not for me to comment on.’’

Original article: https://nypost.com/2019/05/04/shurmur-ballentine-have-history-making-giants-coach-even-more-heartbroken/

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