When the New York Giants and the words “shooting” and “nightclub” appear in the same news headline, it’s nearly impossible not to immediately think of Plaxico Burress.
But the fatal shooting that took place early Tuesday morning at a Manhattan nightclub did not involve any of the Giants or other professional athletes who were at the scene.
According to police accounts reported by the New York Times, Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks and teammates Chris Canty, Antrel Rolle and Aaron Ross were all at the Juliet Supper Club on West 21st Street when a gunman opened fire at 2:22 a.m., killing a 43-year-old man and wounding two people.
“Tjere was a melee that was going on,” Cruz told the Record of Hackensack. “So we just kind of waited. We sat under the table and waited for the melee to calm down before we left. Then we got out of there as soon as we could. We didn’t know if we were going to get caught in a stampede.”
Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, denied that his client was at the club.
Several other athletes, including NBA players John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Chris Duhon, Carlos Boozer and Kemba Walker were also believed to be at the club. On Tuesday, Wall told the Washington Post’s Michael Lee, “I’m good” and that he “didn’t see (anything)” in a text message.
In 2008, Burress — then with the Giants — accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Midtown nightclub called the Latin Quarter. Burress spent 20 months in jail before returning to the field with the New York Jets this season.