Giants rookie CB Corey Ballentine had as bittersweet of a night as anyone could possibly have on April 28.
The Giants selected the 23-year-old out of Washbun University with their sixth-round pick that night. But hours later, he and his best friend and college teammate, Dwane Simmons, were involved in a shooting in Topeka, Kan.
Ballentine was left with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, but Simmons, also just 23, did not survive.
"I don't want to go into detail out of respect for my friend, but it was a tragic event," Ballentine told reporters Sunday. "I lost my best friend because of it. I don't think it was anything I had to do with. I just happened to be there. Nothing that I could control."
He added that the Giants have been as helpful as possible in what has been a trying few months for him.
"The Giants have been helping me," Ballentine said. "I've been seeing therapists. I just kind of realized I can't keep putting myself in that mental space. I've got goals to reach and I want to help the team. I've just got to do my own thing and keep progressing. Life's not going to wait on me."