Last month New York Giants rookie Corey Ballentine was shot in the buttocks while leaving an off-campus party. Friend and Washburn University teammate Dwane Simmons lost his life in the shooting, which is still being investigated according to the Topeka Police Department.
Today it was announced that Ballentine will be allowed to participate in team activities for the first time. The sixth-round pick out of Division II Washburn University will play cornerback for the Giants.
“At this time there are no additional updates in the Simmons/Ballentine case other than that our investigators continue to work strong leads in the case,” the Topeka Police Department said in a statement, per the New York Post.
Ballentine has yet to speak publicly about the incident but may do so in the near future, according to the New York Post.
New York Giants rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine is in 11-on-11 drills about a month after he was shot in the buttocks on the same night he was picked in the 2019 NFL Draft. His friend Dwane Simmons was murdered. 5/28/19 (Video by Ryan Dunleavy I NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Ballentine will be fighting for time with two other rookie cornerbacks who were drafted ahead of him, first rounder DeAndre Baker and fourth-round pick Julian Love.
Ballentine raised eyebrows at the 2019 Senior Bowl after winning the Cliff Harris Award, which is given annually to the top small college defensive players country. He was also a second-team AFCA All-American.