Giants say they've spoken with Ballentine, express condolences to Simmons' family

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The New York Giants responded Sunday to reports that the Washburn cornerback they selected in the sixth round the night before was injured in a shooting that claimed the life his teammate, Dwane Simmons.

The Giants say they spoke with Corey Ballentine on Sunday. Team officals also expressed their condolences to Simmons' family, friends, and teammates.

"We are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information. We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community."

On Saturday night, the New York Giants drafted Ballentine with the 180th overall pick, making him the highest pick in program history and just the sixth player to be selected in the NFL draft.

Washburn University officials also released statements saying, in part, "Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University"

"This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career," it continued. (Read full reaction from Washburn)