Cleanthony Early of New York Knicks shot in leg outside Queens strip club

MASPETH, Queens -- New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg during a robbery after leaving a Queens strip club Wednesday.

The 24-year-old had just left CityScapes Gentlemen's Club on 58th Street in Maspeth around 4 a.m. He got into his Uber car, which was then cut off by several other vehicles, according to the New York City Police Department.

Up to six men wearing ski masks jumped out and committed the robbery. The Uber driver was not injured.

They demanded his jewelry, including a large gold necklace and the gold caps on his teeth. Early was shot once in the knee cap, police said, and is in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital.

The suspects fled the scene, police said. Early was with a woman at the time; she was not injured.

The 6-foot-8 Early is a second-year forward and has played for the Knicks and their NBA Development League team, the Westchester Knicks. He is on the Knicks roster, playing in six games this year.

He was selected by New York in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft following his senior season at Wichita State University.

The Bronx native has seen action in 10 of the Knicks' 33 games this season and is averaging 0.7 points per game. He played about 30 seconds Tuesday night in the Knicks 108-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks organization released the following statement about the robbery:

"We are aware of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relived that he is not in a life-threatening situation. We will not comment any further until we receive more information."

No arrests have been made.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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