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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

Sefolosha and Antic were released before the game but were not on the Hawks’ bench. The All-Star Paul Millsap was also inactive because of a shoulder injury. “We’re very supportive of our players,” Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. “You never want to put yourself in a position where you can bring negativity to yourself or the organization or your teammates. But they’re great guys. I think right now what’s most important is to support them.” New York Times

The website NBA Crime Library has catalogued all the NBA arrests going back to 1951, and you can see the spike that begins in the mid-'90s and lasts until the mid-2000s. In case you weren’t aware, it was a tenuous time for the league, TV ratings- and popularity-wise. There was a fear on the part of the owners and others in charge that their difficulties were in some way related to the perception that the NBA was too "urban" and “thuggish,” or what they meant but did not say—"black." The Daily Beast

April 8, 2015 Updates

The following are the details contained in the police report on the arrest of Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha early Wednesday morning in New York City. Antic and Sefolosha were arraigned shortly before 3 p.m. and released on their own recognizance. The report was filed by Police Officer Johnpaul Giacona, Shield #9996 of the 10th Precinct. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chris Copeland suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen this morning in New York City. He is currently in stable condition at a New York hospital. NBA.com

One of the Hawk players who was arrested, Thabo Sefolosha, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct after he refused to disperse and then “charged at an officer,” a police spokeswoman said. The other Hawk arrested, Pero Antic, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, menacing and disorderly conduct. While Mr. Sefolosha was being arrested, the police said, Mr. Antic “physically grabbed another police officer.” New York Times

Pacers forward Chris Copeland and his wife are among the three people stabbed outside a club in the Chelsea area of New York City early Wednesday morning. It happened at a club near West 17th Street and Ninth Avenue at a club called 1 OAK according to WPIX-TV. WREG

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