St. Louis Rams player hospitalized after shooting in Florida

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 25, 2015 11:28 AM

By Zachary Fagenson

MIAMI (Reuters) - Suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was hospitalized in critical but stable condition on Wednesday after being shot in a car near his Miami-area hometown.

Bailey was expected to undergo surgery, according to the Miami Gardens Police Department, which is investigating the Tuesday night shooting.

Bailey was in a car with four other people, including two minors, at a private residence when another vehicle arrived and someone in it opened fire, police said in a statement.

The victims drove themselves to a hospital for treatment, police said.

Antwan Reeves, who was in the car with Bailey, went into surgery soon after arriving at the hospital. The three other passengers in the vehicle were uninjured, police said.

St. Louis Rams officials said in a statement they were aware of the incident and had spoken to Bailey.

"We are gathering facts about the situation and will provide updates as we learn more," the statement said.

Bailey, 25, began serving a four-game suspension on Nov. 9 for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Bailey posted an apology on his Instagram account when he was suspended, saying he put his coaches and teammates in a "bad position by regrettably partaking in a disgraceful activity."

Bailey, who played at West Virginia University, was selected in the third round by the Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has 12 receptions for 182 yards and one touchdown in eight games this season.

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Bailey also was suspended four games in 2014 for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs but that suspension was ultimately shortened to two games.

The NFL players union said it had no immediate comment.

(Writing and additional reporting by Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla. and Steve Ginsburg in Washington, D.C.; Editing by Bill Trott)