Two Atlanta Hawks arrested; Indiana Pacer and wife stabbed in NYC

April 9th, 2015 by Staff

The two players were charged, booked and released after posting bond.

(MyFoxAtlanta.Com) NEW YORK – A number of NBA players, including two members of the Atlanta Hawks, were involved in a stabbing outside a nightclub in New York City early Wednesday morning.

According to our sister station WNYW, two of the injured victims have been identified as Indiana Pacers star Chris Copeland and his wife. The third victim was another woman.

In a tweet by the Indiana Pacers, the team said Copeland suffered wounds to his abdomen and left elbow. He was listed in stable condition.

Police say the assailant was arrested at the scene and the knife was recovered. 

The incident happened after a verbal altercation escalated outside 1 OAK nightclub in the Chelsea section of Manhattan around 4 am., according to NYPD.

New York media outlets are reporting two Atlanta Hawks players were arrested for preventing New York police from setting up a crime scene. Garin Narain with the Atlanta Hawks issued the following statement to FOX 5 Wednesday morning:

“We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

Later the franchise released two statements. One from head coach Mike Budenhozer and a joint statement from the players.

“The events of this morning involving Pero and Thabo were unfortunate as we never want to see our players put themselves in a potentially negative situation. We will continue to look into the facts of the incident but with the information and foundation that we currently have established, we will support them through this process. Otherwise it is a continuing legal matter and I will have no further comment,” Budenhozer stated.

“As members of the Atlanta Hawks, we hold ourselves to a high standard and take our roles as professionals very seriously. We will contest these charges and look forward to communicating the facts of the situation at the appropriate time. We apologize to our respective families, teammates, and the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon them. We are unable to provide further comment as this is an ongoing legal matter,” the players stated.

The incident comes after the team set a single-season franchise high with their 58th win Tuesday night.

Both Antic and Sefolosha will sit out Wednesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

By the time Atlanta Hawks players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha walked out of a New York City Jail Wednesday morning, it had been a long 15 hours or so. 

And back home, Hawks fans were trying to make sense out of it all.

“They were at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Bobby James says.

The time was 4am and the place was a trendy New York nightclub. The website for 1 OAK says it has an “environment that is amicable and unpredictable.”

That last part turned out to be true. 

As Indiana Pacers, Chris Copeland and his wife were leaving the club, police say they got into an argument with a man who stabbed them. They and a third victim are expected to be okay.

It’s not clear if Antic and Sefolosha were with Copeland, but NYPD says when officers arrived, the players refused to get out of the way. For that, they were arrested on obstructing an officer charges. Both men were also charged with disorderly conduct. Antic faces a third charge of menacing, while Sefolosha faces resisting arrest.

“I think they should’ve just moved and let the people investigate the crime scene to see what was really going on,” Hawks fan, Alexis Gates says.

The arrests cast a shadow on what should have been a great night for the team. The Hawks beat the Suns at Phillips Arena, giving the team a franchise record 58th win this season.

After the game, the team flew to New York. And after that, Antich and Sefolosha went to the nightclub.

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