Washburn Football Player Killed, Giants Draft Pick Hurt in Shooting - NBC10 Boston
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Washburn Football Player Killed, Giants Draft Pick Hurt in Shooting

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Giants' Draft Pick Hurt in Off-Campus Shooting

    Corey Ballentine, the Giants sixth-round draft pick, was hurt in a shooting that killed his friend. Bruce Beck reports.

    (Published Sunday, April 28, 2019)

    The Giants' sixth-round draft pick, Corey Ballentine, was hurt in an off-campus shooting in Kansas just hours after he was named to the team, the university president said. 

    Ballentine's friend, 23-year-old Dwane Simmons, was killed in the shooting, said Washburn University President Jerry Farley. Simmons, a junior, was also on the football team. 

    Ballentine, 23, was expected to make a full recovery, Farley said. 

    "This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career," he said in a statement. 

    The Giants tweeted that they were aware of the "tragic situation" and had spoken to Ballentine in the hospital. 

    Ballentine, a cornerback and return man, is a senior at the school in Topeka, where he grew up. After he was picked in the draft, he tweeted his thanks to the Giants:

    "It’s all a crazy dream until you do it. I can’t even explain the emotions I have right now. S/o the people that told me to pick a more realistic career. This is as real as it gets. Thank you to the Giants organization for believing in me. It’s only up from here. #GiantsPride," he wrote.