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Knicks’ Cleanthony Early shot in knee while leaving Queens gentleman’s club

New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early during media

New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early during media day at the MSG practice facility on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Photo Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was shot in the knee early Wednesday while being robbed after leaving a strip club in Queens, according to multiple reports.

Early’s wound is not considered life threatening, the Knicks said in a statement.

Police confirmed that a 24-year-old male leaving the Maspeth club got into an Uber with his girlfriend, a 24-year-old female, and traveled a short distance before the Uber was boxed in by three vehicles. Six suspects, including two brandishing firearms, robbed the victim, who was shot once in the knee, police said.

The suspects took an unknown amount of Early’s belongings, but according to the Daily News, items included a gold necklace and gold caps on his teeth.

Early was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in stable condition, the NYPD said.

“We are aware of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation,” the Knicks said in a statement. “We will not comment any further until we receive more information.”

Rookie Kristaps Porzingis tweeted, “Prayers for my brother @Clearly_BallLyf,” following the incident.

The Knicks selected Early in the second round of the 2014 draft.

This is the second incident involving a Knicks player within the last two weeks.

Backup forward Derrick Williams had $650,000 worth of jewelry stolen from his Broadway apartment on Dec. 19 after a late night out, according to a New York City Police Department spokesman. The spokesman said Williams was out at a club with some friends and two women came back to his apartment and spent the night. Williams discovered the valuables were missing that afternoon and contacted the police.

After the Williams’ incident -- which also happened after a game -- Knicks coach Derek Fisher said the organization doesn’t have a curfew.

“I don’t really have to get into a discussion about our policies and what guys can and can’t do,” Fisher said. “We don’t have a curfew, which I know that in the NFL and maybe other sports they do on certain nights. But other than that, it’s an unfortunate incident and Derrick hasn’t really spoken about it. He was involved so it was very unfortunate and we’ll kind of leave it at that.”

With Al Iannazzone and Jamie Reysen


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