N.Y. Knicks player Cleanthony Early shot during robbery: report

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Posted: Dec 30, 2015 10:10 AM

(Reuters) - New York Knicks basketball player Cleanthony Early was hospitalized on Wednesday after being shot in the right knee during a robbery after leaving a strip club in the New York City borough of Queens, the New York Daily News reported, citing police sources.

A New York police spokesman, while declining to name Early, confirmed that a 24-year-old man was surrounded by four to six unknown men in Queens and shot once in the right leg early Wednesday morning. He was hospitalized in stable condition, the spokesman said.

In a tweeted statement, the Knicks said they were aware of what happened to Early "and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation."

The Knicks declined further comment until they had more information.

The Knicks' next game is against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on Friday.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)