Man charged in shooting, robbery of Knicks' Early

- A Brooklyn man has been charged in the robbery and shooting of New York Knicks player Cleanthony Early outside a Queens strip club in December.

A complaint filed in federal court says Delvon Dowling, 22, was part of a group of masked men who staked out the club last December.

Documents say when Early, 24, exited the club and got into an Uber car the group approached the vehicle with guns drawn. Police say Early was ordered out of the car, shot in the right leg and robbed of necklaces, gold caps from his teeth and other items.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition where he underwent surgery and was later released.

Authorities say Dowling was arrested Friday on unrelated charges and admitted to being part of the crew that robbed Early. He didn't admit to being the gunman.

It's unclear if he has an attorney.

The Knicks released a statement about the shooting back in December:

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

The Knicks played the Pistons at Madison Square Garden the night before the shooting. Early played 29 seconds as New York beat Detroit, 108-96.

Early grew up in Middletown, New York. He has played two seasons with the Knicks.

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