NEW YORK (AP) — Law enforcement officials say New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early has been shot in the leg during a robbery outside a Queens strip club.
New York Knicks' Cleanthony Early (11) is fouled by Charlotte Hornets' Nicolas Batum (5) in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
The two officials say Early was in a cab at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday outside the club CityScapes when the vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars.
The officials say masked men got out and demanded Early's "gold," took a necklace and other belongings and shot him in the right leg.
The officials were not authorized to release the victim's name and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The 24-year-old Early is hospitalized in stable condition. Calls to the club and the team were not immediately returned.
Early attended Witchita State and was drafted in 2014.