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April 16, 2015 Updates

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.” Sports Illustrated

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.” Sports Illustrated

April 15, 2015 Updates

The billionaire wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling got her revenge against a woman he secretly showered with gifts and whose recording of his racially offensive rant cost him ownership of the team. Shelly Sterling's victory Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court will force V. Stiviano to surrender a $1.8 million duplex and return $800,000 lavished on her in cash handouts and several luxury cars, including a Ferrari, during a shadowy relationship. Shelly Sterling claimed that Stiviano seduced her 80-year-old husband and manipulated him to give up community property the couple amassed through a real estate rental empire built over six decades of marriage. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 14, 2015 Updates

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. Twitter @kevinarnovitz

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. ESPN.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

Rick Bonnell: NBA spokesman: League aware Hornets minority owner Nelly was arrested over the weekend. NBA monitoring the situation. Nelly's tour bus was pulled over by Tennessee state troopers who discovered drugs. Attorney representing Nelly told AP he'll be exonerated. Nelly has owned a small percentage of the Hornets for several years and occasionally attends games at Time Warner Cable Arena. Twitter @rick_bonnell

The Atlanta, Ga. Police Department declined to press charges of child abuse against Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard. Howard's ex-girlfriend, Royce Reed, alleged last year Howard beat his then six-year old son with a belt causing bruises and abrasions. "I can confirm we are not moving forward with charges in this case," said Sgt. Gregory Lyon, in an email to FOX 26 Sports. FOX 26 Sports

April 12, 2015 Updates

The knife-wielding clubgoer accused of stabbing ex-Knicks player Chris Copeland outside of a Chelsea hot spot insisted Saturday that he did nothing wrong. “The facts will redeem [me],” Shevoy Bleary-Murdock, 22, told The Post just hours after being sprung from jail. New York Post

April 11, 2015 Updates

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. USA Today Sports

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." Twitter @KBergCBS

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. New York Post

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. TMZ.com

April 10, 2015 Updates

"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," NBPA spokeswoman Tara Greco said. "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 police are facing new questions about their tactics during the incident, as Sefolosha suffered a season-ending broken fibula, which went untreated overnight and into Wednesday as Sefolosha languished in custody. ESPN.com

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