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Knicks’ Cleanthony Shot After Leaving Queens Strip Club

March 28, 2015 - Chicago, IL, USA - The Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, left, battles for a rebound with the New York Knicks' Cleanthony Early during the first half at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, March 28, 2015
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New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was shot in the right knee after leaving a Queens strip club with his girlfriend on Wednesday morning, according to the New York Daily News.

The NYDN reports the attack seemed to be coordinated, with a group of masked gunmen in three cars boxing in the Uber car Early was in and then robbing him at gunpoint. The 24-year-old gave up his cash, two gold caps on his teeth, two gold chains and his iPhone 6 before getting shot in the knee. The Uber driver was also robbed.

Early was transported to a local hospital in stable condition and then moved to another hospital. The Knicks released a statement on the situation:

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

Early is in his second year with the Knicks. He’s appeared in just 10 games this season and has played only 3.4 minutes per game. The youngster saw some garbage time at the end of New York’s win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The latest report from Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania says there’s no structural damage in the knee, although Early could still miss up to three months depending on how his rehab goes.

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