Giants excuse Corey Ballentine from this weekend's rookie minicamp

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Team encourages sixth-round pick to remain at home to mourn the loss of former teammate shot dead after the draft

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has excused sixth-round draft pick Corey Ballentine from this weekends rookie minicamp.

Ballentine, who was struck in the backside by a bullet during a shooting that claimed the life of his former college teammate and close friend Dwane Simmons just hours after Ballentine was drafted by the Giants, was recently released by a Topeka, Kansas area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.

In a statement released by the team, the Giants say they have "encouraged" the defensive back to stay in Kansas this week "to be with his family and friends as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life" of Simmons.

The Giants added that Ballentine will join the team when "it's appropriate."

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Good for you Giants. Classy, appropriate and compassionate. This young man needs the time and space to deal with grieving and the trauma he experienced.