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Knicks forward robbed and shot after leaving strip club

Cleanthony Early of the New York Knicks
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Cleanthony Early of the New York Knicks

New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was the victim of a coordinated robbery early Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported.

Early, 24, was robbed and shot by four to six men as he was leaving the CityScapes gentlemen's club in Maspeth, Queens, with a girlfriend at 4:15 a.m., according to the newspaper. They were in an Uber cab a mile from the club before being boxed in by three other vehicles. The men approached the vehicle and forced Early from the backseat before demanding, "Give me everything you got."


The assailants robbed the player of cash, an iPhone 6, two gold chains and even gold caps off his teeth before shooting him in the right knee, according to the report. The injury was not life-threatening and he was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

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

Read the full report from the New York Daily News here.