HoopsHype Thabo Sefolosha rumors

LATEST HOOPSHYPE VIDEOS

April 11, 2015 Updates

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

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

A girlfriend of Copeland and another woman were also stabbed early Wednesday morning. A 22-year-old suspect was in custody. Two Atlanta Hawks players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were arrested for allegedly obstructing authorities. Their attorney expects charges to be dismissed. "I want to thank all the fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time," Copeland said in the statement provided by the Pacers. "I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time. I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery." Boston Herald

April 9, 2015 Updates

Shams Charania: Atlanta's Thabo Sefolosha has been diagnosed with a broken ankle from NYPD incident early Wednesday, out for season, sources tell RealGM. More specifically, Thabo Sefolosha has sustained a fractured tibia in his leg, league sources tell RealGM. MRIs ongoing on other damages. Twitter @ShamsCharania

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 game ended at nearly 10 p.m. By the time the Hawks’ plane departed for New York, where they played the Nets on Wednesday, it was probably close to midnight. If everything went according to plan, the team probably arrived at its Manhattan hotel by 3 a.m., which gave Sefolosha and Antic one solid hour of nightlife. “They had just won their 58th game and they’re celebrating during their last trip to New York. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” said one NBA player, who has partied at 1OAK but did not want to be identified. “We’ve been going there for years. You’re just looking to have a nice time, hang out with a few celebrities and stay out of trouble. Believe me, they weren’t there for trouble. That’s the last thing we want.” New York Daily News

April 8, 2015 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.