Los Angeles Chargers rookie safety Derwin James is speaking out about an incident in June in which he was robbed at gunpoint in West Hollywood, ESPN reports.
James said on June 23, he was walking to his Rolls Royce with his uncle after leaving a restaurant when two men armed with guns allegedly snatched a chain from around his neck and robbed him of his Rolex watch. James said he then got into his car and attempted to chase the assailants but did not get far because three of his tires were slashed.
“I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody,” James said about the incident. “It happened. It was just one of those things that you never expect to happen to you, but it happened, and I’m just happy to be out here playing football.”
The Chargers selected James out of Florida State with the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s draft, signing him to a four-year, $12.4 million deal that included a $7.1 million signing bonus. He was reportedly activated on Thursday from the non-football injury list after suffering a hamstring injury right before training camp.
“You work so hard in the offseason getting your body into the best shape,” James said. “And you know it’s so hard to simulate practice and game reps you’ll get in games. So it was frustrating since it’s my first camp, and I wanted to get out there and show what I can do, but I’m happy to be out here.”