A Giants wide receiver. A Manhattan night club. A shooting incident. Sound familiar?
Probably a little too much. This one doesn't have the same sordid ending for the team, although there was a person who was killed.
TMZ.com first reported that Victor Cruz was present at the Juliet Supper Club early Tuesday morning when gunfire broke out, and the Giants confirmed that he was there but not involved in the situation. Cruz was unharmed, but it is unclear if he was a witness when a 43-year-old man was shot twice and killed while two others -- a man and a woman -- were also hit by bullets. The shooting took place around 2:30 a.m.
According to the initial report, Cruz, who was raised in nearby Paterson, NJ, was there celebrating his 25th birthday, which was actually on Friday. Juliet Supper Club is said to be frequented by many of New York’s professional athletes. The Daily News cited police sources who said other NFL and NBA players were at the club at the time of the shooting, but it is unclear if any of Cruz’ Giants teammates were present.
Of course, Giants receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg while at the Latin Quarter in Manhattan in 2008. That led to him serving nearly two years in jail before signing to play with the Jets this summer.
Cruz, who was an undrafted player and a virtual unknown until he caught three touchdowns in a nationally televised preseason game against the Jets last year, has become a fan favorite and crowds serenade him with chants of “Cruuuz!” whenever he catches a ball at home or on the road. He has caught four touchdown passes this year, punctuating each with a salsa dance.