Thabo Sefolosha RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:213 lbs. / 96.6 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:213 lbs. / 96.6 kg.
Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, who has blamed Manhattan police for the season-ending leg injuries he suffered during his April arrest in the city, told ESPN on Friday that the incident, in addition to carrying a physical toll, also has damaged his reputation. “I was injured in the hands of the police, and it took away a lot from my everyday life,” Sefolosha said during an interview at his home. “From being able to help put the kids in bed, going up and down the stairs. We are talking about the stress that it has brought to the entire family, you know, my mom and dad in Switzerland, my brothers and sisters, my wife. Also, the damage to my reputation. I’ve had people texting me about what they saw in the newspaper and things like this. Every aspect of my life was affected by something like this, and I think putting light on the aftermath of something like this, I think that’s also something that’s important.”
Asked if he put himself at risk being out at late hours, Sefolosha said, “I think it’s a fair question to ask, ‘Why were you out at 4 in the morning?’ I think I’m not a criminal for it. I’ve always been a professional guy when it comes to basketball, and I put it first. Of course, it’s my priority. So even when I do go out, I always think about the repercussions of anything I do could have on my teammates, on the team and on the NBA as a whole because we’re looked at as NBA players. What one does often reflects on the others. So I try to conduct myself in a professional way. But at the same time I don’t think it’s a crime to be out, you know, even at 4 in the morning. It’s something I can say I was OK doing due to the circumstances.”
Jeff Zillgitt: Hawks G-F Thabo Sefolosha (out with season-ending injury sustained in incident with NY police) is at Philips Arena for Game 2. Also in attendance for Game 2 of Cavs-Hawks: NBA commissioner Adam Silver and senior vice president of basketball ops Kiki VanDeWeghe.
Thabo Sefolosha, who has been out following surgery to repair a right fibula fracture and ligament damage, made an appearance at practice Monday. Sefolosha was on the practice court with his walking boot on his right foot and using a leg cart when the session was opened to the media. He joked with teammates and even took a few shots while seated on the cart following the workout.
Sefolosha had surgery on Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the team announced. He will miss the entirety of the playoffs. “It’s a huge loss for the league to not have him on the floor. Obviously, a huge loss to the Atlanta Hawks to not have a player of his skill going to the playoffs,” Silver said. Silver added that, as a friend of Sefolosha’s, he felt “incredibly empathetic” toward the player. “He’s a player in this league, and we want to help him and assist him in any way we can. And our way of assisting him is to get the fullest understanding we can from what happened that night,” the commissioner said.
The commissioner said the NBA is monitoring the developments and trying to ascertain what exactly happened during Sefolosha’s arrest. Silver added that he isn’t “prejudging” anything about the incident. “I see our role here as a fact finder,” Silver said.
Chris Vivlamore: I’m told Thabo Sefolosha should be back to full basketball activities in about six months. #ATLHawks
Shams Charania: Thabo Sefolosha had successful surgery Thursday to repair fractures in leg, expected to return for next season opener, sources tell RealGM.
At the time, the source said, Sefolosha and Antic were walking down the block to get into a car that would take them back to their team hotel. The source said Sefolosha did not run toward the cop as the complaint said. Rather, the source said “Sefolosha turns to him and asked in substance what the officer’s problem was with him.’” At this point, the source said, Sefolosha and the officer got into an argument, which led to Sefolosha’s arrest for obstruction of a governmental function, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place at the corner of 10th Avenue, more than 120 feet away from the scene of the stabbing at 1OAK night club. Antic was also arrested and charged with obstructing a governmental function, disorderly conduct, and harassment. According to an NYPD spokesperson, he was initially charged with menacing “for physically grabbing a police officer,” but these charges do not appear in the criminal complaint against him. The source said that rather than grabbing the officer, Antic “tapped the officer on the shoulder.”
A source close to Sefolosha, who did not witness the incident but has spoken to several people who did, told SI.com a divergent view of what happened from the official police account. According to the criminal complaint against Sefolosha, an officer arrested the Hawks player and teammate Pero Antic after they refused six times to comply with his request to disperse from the crime scene. According to the complaint, an officer “observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction” of another officer. But according to the source, it was the officer who was the initial aggressor. The source said that while officers were dispersing dozens of people near the scene, one officer focused on Sefolosha, “and then he continues to track him down the block like a D-back tracking a receiver.”
Chris Vivlamore: Thabo Sefolosha was in a walking boot and on crutches when he addressed the media today. #ATLHawks
Kevin Arnovitz: Sefolosha wouldn’t discuss the details of his case. But he did say his injury was caused by police and he’s in great pain.
The Internal Affairs bureau of the New York City Police Department has contacted counsel for Thabo Sefolosha about interviewing the Hawks forward as a complaining witness in a police incident last week, sources told ESPN.com. Sefolosha was arrested early Wednesday morning at the corner of 10th Avenue and West 17th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. The police report filed by officer Johnpaul Giacona of the 10th Precinct said that Sefolosha was interfering with the establishment of a crime scene in front of 1Oak nightclub, where Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in a separate incident.
DeAndre Jordan makes about $139,514 per game, and strippers are getting exactly none of that cash — the Clippers star tells TMZ Sports he doesn’t spend any money in gentlemen’s clubs! DeAndre’s Clips teammate — Matt Barnes — recently told S.I. that Allen Iverson used to drop 30k to 40k … EVERY TIME he went to the strip club. So, we asked Jordan — who was with Odell Beckham Jr. at Katsuya in Hollywood — about A.I.’s spending habits and his own. His response is pretty shocking for a pro athlete. DJ also talked a little about Thabo Sefolosha’s controversial arrest.
The NBA is also trying to learn more about the incident that led to Sefolosha’s injury. “We are working with the Hawks organization and local law enforcement to obtain more information about the circumstances surrounding Thabo’s arrest,” NBA executive vice president of communications Mike Bass said.
The National Basketball Players Association expressed concern over the New York Police Department’s arrest and handling of Atlanta Hawks guard-forward Thabo Sefolosha, who sustained a season-ending broken right fibula and ligament damage in an early morning stabbing incident outside a New York club on Wednesday. “The players union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic’s arrest and is doing its own investigation of the situation. The union was fully engaged in supporting all three players in court and in the precinct this week, and will continue to stay engaged as each situation evolves,” the NBPA said in a statement.
Ken Berger: NBA spokesman Mike Bass tells @CBSSports the league is in contact with NYPD and Hawks organization re: injuries suffered by Thabo Sefolosha. NBA: “We are working with the Hawks and law enforcement to obtain more information about the circumstances surrounding Thabo’s arrest.”
NYPD Internal Affairs will probe whether a police officer bashed Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha in the leg with his baton during a violent melee outside a Chelsea hotspot, cops said early Saturday morning. Video obtained by TMZ appears to show the cop using an extendable baton to strike Sefolosha — who suffered a fractured right fibula during the encounter. “It is under review by Internal Affairs,” a NYPD spokesman told The Post.
Antic said that both he and Sefolosha have apologized to the Hawks organization, and that their teammates are standing behind them. “We support our teammates,” forward DeMarre Carroll said. “At the end of the day, I’m going to ride with my guys. It’s a legal matter. We can’t read too much into it. We’ll do what we can to help them, support them and keep their head straight.”
Atlanta Hawks star Thabo Sefolosha appeared to suffer a severe blow from an NYPD officer’s nightstick during his arrest Wednesday night … based on this new video of the violent take down. TMZ Sports just obtained this new angle of Sefolosha’s arrest, shot by a witness outside 1Oak Nightclub in NYC … moments after Pacers Chris Copeland was stabbed.
Q. Were you trying to shield people from taking pictures of (the Pacers’) Chris Copeland (who was stabbed)? A. To be honest, no. We didn’t have anything to do with what happened with that. We weren’t together. We didn’t see the guy. Whatever happened, happened way before.