Knicks Cleananthony Early Shot and Robbed After Leaving Strip Club

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 03: Cleanthony Early #17 of the New York Knicks poses for a portrait during the 2014 NBA rookie photo shoot at MSG Training Center on August 3, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Knicks Cleananthony Early Shot and Robbed After Leaving Strip Club

Forward is hospitalized and in stable condition.

Published December 30, 2015

UPDATE: While Cleananthony Early recovers from being shot, he may have a serious chance to recover his stolen jewelry.

That's because 50 Cent caught wind of the shooting and robbery and took to his Instagram account Wednesday, vowing to get the New York Knicks' forward's jewelry back by the end of the day.


A good night gone bad... real bad.

The New York Daily News is reporting that New York Knicks' forward Cleananthony Early was shot in the knee and robbed early Wednesday morning after leaving a Queens, N.Y., strip club in what appears to be a planned attack. Early, 24, is reportedly in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital.

A source told the News that Early was in an Uber car about a mile from the Cityscapes strip club, when the vehicle he was riding in was boxed in by three cars. Four to six people in ski masks jumped out of the cars and robbed Early of his jewelry, including a gold chain and even gold caps on his teeth, the source added.

Early, a second-year player, has only played in 10 games for the Knicks this season, averaging under a point per game. He already missed two months of his rookie season last year after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

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

This incident comes after Early's Knicks' teammate Derrick Williams was robbed of $600,000 worth of jewelry earlier this month after inviting two women he reportedly just met back to his Manhattan bachelor pad.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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