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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

Sources close to the situation say the players' association has been very active, as well. Sources say that, on Thursday, representatives from the players' association appeared at the 10th Precinct in Manhattan with several inquiries into the incident. The players' association's head, Michele Roberts, comes to the NBPA after decades as a respected lawyer. She began her career as a public defender. Privately, sources say, Hawks officials also have begun to raise questions about the specific circumstances that led to Sefolosha being held by police for several hours with a broken fibula. ESPN.com

Q. You said the video speaks for itself. We couldn’t see what happened before. How did Thabo Sefolosha get hurt? A. For now, it’s a legal matter. I will say it’s a pure example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. People know Thabo for so many years of being in the league. Thabo is one of the greatest guys. A few of the reporters here know me. I don’t have anything (in my past) so it is just a pure example, like I said, of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The mother of NBA star Chris Copeland’s fiancée, who was attacked with him by a knife-wielding clubgoer at a Chelsea hotspot, said Thursday that she is rattled by the attack and her daughter will be scarred. “I was horrified,” said Rafaela Rivera. “She called me the same day it happened. He’s [Copeland] a very calm person … so what happened took me by surprise.” New York Post

April 9, 2015 Updates

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland is recovering in a New York hospital's intensive care unit after a Wednesday morning stabbing incident but issued a statement Thursday thanking those who have supported him during his ordeal. "I just want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. I'm overwhelmed with the outpouring of support. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever. Thank you," he said in a statement given to ESPN's Josina Anderson. ESPN.com

A source said the Hawks players were not in Copeland's party at 1Oak Club. Antic and Sefolosha were released without bail after a brief court appearance in which they were charged with obstructing governmental authority and disorderly conduct. Their attorney, Alex Spiro, said they did not commit any crime. "They should not have been arrested. We fully expect the case to be dismissed," he said. ESPN.com

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