WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Right after being drafted to the NFL on Saturday, Washburn University cornerback Corey Ballentine and former teammate Dwane Simmons were shot while celebrating in a party outside the campus.
- Dwane Simmons, a junior was confirmed dead, while Ballentine who suffered an injury is reportedly recovering in a Kansas hospital.
- Details about the shooting are still lacking including the reasons why the shooting occurred and which part of Ballentine’s body was shot.
College football star Corey Ballentine’s world went from a ‘dream come true to a waking nightmare’ after being shot on Sunday in an attack leaving his former teammate Dwane Simmon dead, hours after he was drafted by the Giants.
Shortly after Ballentine made it to the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, authorities reported that shots rang out around 12:45 a.m. Sunday on a Topeka street, half a mile from the school. Ballentine, the cornerback from Washburn University in Kansas, was out with roommate Simmons celebrating at an off-campus party. He was reportedly taken to the hospital in a private car.
As officials investigated the shooting, details on what caused the incident involving senior student Ballentine and Simmons, a junior had been lacking.
Following his getting drafted, Kansas-raised Ballentine tweeted: “It’s all a crazy dream but this is something I have always dreamed of. Thank you to the Giants organization for believing in me. It’s only up from here.”
The football standout leaped from Division II to the 180th overall NFL pick, achieving the highest ever for an Ichabod.
However, on the Washburn campus that day, there was no shortage of tears when instead of a 3 p.m. press conference scheduled for Ballentine’s drafting, the horrible news took place instead.
Dr. Jerry Farley, school President said in a statement, “Any time we lose a student, it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act.”
He added that both Dwane and Corey have been great representatives of the Washburn University football team and of the university as well.
“This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration as Corey’s professional career begins and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn.”
Ballantine is reportedly expected to make a full recovery, but Farley says it’s not clear where he was shot and how would the injury affect his gridiron dreams.
Meanwhile, as he recovers in a hospital in Kansas, the Giants have been in touch with him.
In a statement, the team said that they are aware of the tragic situation and have spoken to Corey who is recuperating in the hospital. They also sent their condolences to Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and to the whole Washburn community.
Source: New York Post