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New York Giants Release Statement On Draftee Injured In Shooting

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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 07: Helmets of the New York Giants rests on the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

New York Giants sixth-round draft pick Corey Ballentine was injured in a shooting overnight in Topeka, Kansas. The Washburn University product is fortunately expected to make a full recovery.

Ballentine's friend and teammate Dwane Simmons was killed in the shooting. Like Ballentine, Simmons was just 23 years old.

The Giants released a statement about their draftee earlier this afternoon. Clearly, the team never imagined it would be doing something like this less than 24 hours after selecting the Division II cornerback.

"We are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information," the statement reads. "We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community."

Ballentine was slated to hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss being drafted but that has been postponed.

He was the third cornerback chosen by the Giants in this year's draft. Big Blue took Georgia's DeAndre Baker in the first round and Notre Dame's Julian Love in the fourth before nabbing Ballentine.

We can't imagine what Ballentine and the Washburn program is going through right now.