From TheBlaze: ST. LOUIS (AP) — Suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is in critical but stable condition after being shot Tuesday night, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The Rams said in a statement they were “aware Stedman Bailey was involved in an incident” late Tuesday and that they had spoken with him. The person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by the Rams did not specify where the shooting took place.
Multiple reports said Bailey was in Miami Gardens, Florida, when he was shot. Bailey went to high school in the Miami area.
St. Louis Rams’ Stedman Bailey, right, runs past Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, left, on his way to returning a punt 90 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Stedman, who turned 25 on Nov. 11, was a third-round pick in the 2013 draft out of West Virginia, where he was part of a prolific wide receiving tandem with Tavon Austin, whom the Rams selected with the eighth overall pick that year.
“We are aware Stedman Bailey was involved in an incident this evening,” the Rams’ statement said. “We have spoken with Stedman and he is in the hospital in critical, but stable, condition. We are gathering facts about the situation and will provide updates as we learn more.”
— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) November 25, 2015
Bailey was suspended four games earlier this month for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He has two games remaining on the ban.
He served a two-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs at the start of last season.
Players from around the league reached out to Bailey on social media shortly after reports emerged.
“Keep our brother @iamSB3 in your thoughts, prayers tonight. I don’t wanna believe it….” Rams defensive end Chris Long tweeted.
Keep our brother @iamSB3 in your thoughts, prayers tonight. I don’t wanna believe it….
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 25, 2015
Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell used Twitter to send his best wishes, too.
“prayers to my brother Stedman Bailey,” he tweeted.
prayers to my brother Stedman Bailey
— Le’Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) November 25, 2015
Bailey has started three games each of the last two seasons, and this year has 12 receptions for 182 yards with one touchdown. Last year, he had 30 receptions with a 14.5-yard average and one touchdown.
The Rams signed free agent wide receiver Wes Welker after Bailey’s second suspension.