Scary news out of New York: Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was shot early Wednesday morning when armed robbers surrounded his Uber ride, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The 24-year-old Early and his girlfriend were leaving CityScapes Gentlemen's Club in Maspeth, Queens, when three vehicles surrounded their Uber car and forced it to pull over. As many as six assailants -- one wearing a mask -- jumped out of the cars and pulled Early from the back seat.
They held him at gunpoint with semi-automatic weapons and demanded all of his valuables. Early handed over several gold chains, all of his cash, a cell phone and even the gold caps off of his teeth.
After surrendering his belongings, he was shot in the right knee -- the same knee that required arthroscopic surgery last November.
The thieves escaped and left Early's girlfriend and the Uber driver unharmed. The player was treated at Elmhurst Hospital and released later that morning.
The New York Knicks released a statement acknowledging the incident:
“We are aware of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation. We will not comment any further until we receive more information.”
Meanwhile, several Knicks teammates tweeted their concern and support for the second-year forward.
— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) December 30, 2015
Prayers for my teammate and good friend @Clearly_BallLyf
— jose manuel calderon (@JmCalderon3) December 30, 2015
Pray for my guy @Clearly_BallLyf please.
— Derrick Williams (@DWXXIII) December 30, 2015