The father of New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine, who was shot just hours after being chosen in the sixth-round over the weekend, had a stern response to New York radio host Mike Francesa.
It came after Francesa criticized Ballentine on the air over the incident which occurred overnight on Saturday. Ballentine, a product of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, was shot in the glute and is expected to make a full recovery.
His best friend and teammate, Dwane Simmons, was killed in the shooting.
“This is the kid that that guy [Francesa] wished he had as his son,” Ballentine’s dad, Karl Vaughn, told the New York Post.
“It was just two blocks from his house — it was not a thug area or a hoodlum area,” Vaughn said of the party the young men went to. “It was just wrong place, wrong time.
“He has had his nose to the grindstone for so long, and he had really worked hard, very hard, for a long, long time,” Vaughn said of his son. “We went through that draft, and it was really hard.
“My son is a grown man. He can go out and celebrate a little bit. Who doesn’t go and and celebrate with their friends?”
Vaughn's takedown of Francesa comes after the longtime host insinuated his son may have character issues and called the shooting another negative mark on the Giants.
“Listen, you can have an off-field incident with any draft pick any time,” Francesa said, via the New York Post and audio from Twitter user @BackAftaThis. “But when you finish your draft and stress how you went out of your way to take the right kind of guys, guys that you want on the team, guys that are going to be great character guys and you stress that as strongly as the Giants did, it looks pretty bad when one of them gets shot on a Saturday night. It does not look good. It’s just more of the same for the Giants, who just can’t get out of their own way, no matter what they say.
"It's sad to see the Giants become a laughingstock around the league.”
This entire bizarre exchange is another cringeworthy moment for Francesa since he came out of a short retirement one year ago.
[ New York Post ]