Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine joined his teammates for the first time on Monday since he was wounded in a shooting the morning after he was drafted, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
The defensive back out of Washburn, who was selected by the Giants in the sixth round, was shot in the glute and had missed rookie mini-camp from May 3-5 despite being released from the hospital. The Giants told him to spend time with his friends and family as he recovered from the non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Ballentine's friend and former teammate, Dwane Simmons, was killed in the shooting. The two were leaving a party when strangers asked them if they had marijuana on them. After telling them no, the strangers left but returned minutes later and shot both men.
The incident also sparked some polarizing comments from WFAN host Mike Francesa, who suggested the Giants draft pick had bad character before knowing all the details of the shooting.
Ballentine is expected to make a full recovery as he begins to become acclimated with his new teammates and surroundings at the Giants' voluntary offseason workouts.