John Wall said he was unharmed early Tuesday morning while partying at a New York nightclub where a gunman opened fire, killing one man and injuring two others. Wall was among several athletes and celebrities at Juliet Supper Club in Chelsea, where five shots were fired at around 2:30 a.m.
According to reports in the New York Times and the New York Daily News, Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker, Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Orlando Magic guard Chris Duhon, as well as New York Giants players Victor Cruz, Aaron Ross, Antrel Rolle and Chris Canty and Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Branden Albert were also in attendance.
Walker later denied on Twitter that he was around the scene. “I was not at the club when it was shot up. I don’t even stay in NY anymore! It’s just a rumor that I was there!”
None of the athletes were injured and a New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul J. Browne told the New York Times that none were involved in the shooting. “There is nothing to indicate that any of the well-known individuals in the club that night had anything to do with the shooting,” he said.
Wall was in New York to watch his alma mater Kentucky defeat Kansas,75-65, in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. He sat with former teammate DeMarcus Cousins and also expressed his frustration over the lockout to ESPN’s Andy Katz during the broadcast.
“I’m ready for it to be over so we can get back to playing basketball,” said Wall, who was supposed to receive a check for about $455,000 on Tuesday.