Rams WR Bailey critical after shooting
ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams say suspended wide receiver Stedman Bailey is in critical but stable condition at a hospital. A personal familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that Bailey had been shot.
The Rams said in a statement they are aware Bailey was ”involved in an incident” late Tuesday and they had spoken with him. The person who said Bailey had been shot spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by police or the team.
”We are gathering facts about the situation and will provide updates as we learn more,” the team said.
Multiple reports said Bailey was in Miami Gardens, Florida, at the time. Bailey went to high school in the Miami area.
Bailey, 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.
Bailey was suspended four games 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 on social media shortly after reports emerged.
”Keep our brother (at)iamSB3 in your thoughts, prayers tonight. I don’t wanna believe it….” Rams defensive end Chris Long tweeted.
Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell used Twitter to send his best wishes: prayers to my brother Stedman Bailey,” he tweeted.
Rams punter Johnny Hekker tweeted, ”Praying for guardian angels over Sted. We’re with you brother.”
Bailey has started three games each of the last two seasons, and this year has 12 receptions for 182 yards with one touchdown. He was fined for pulling a stunt after the lone score after using the ball as a pillow and lying down in the end zone.
Last year, he had 30 receptions with a 14.5-yard average and one touchdown. He was among five Rams receivers who did the ”Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture during player introductions before a game last December as a show of solidarity for protesters in nearby Ferguson, Mo.
The Rams signed free-agent wide receiver Wes Welker after Bailey’s second suspension. Bailey is eligible to return to the roster on Dec. 7, the day after the Rams play at Arizona.