Atlanta Hawks Rumors
A former teammate of a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub said his friend was giving money to a homeless man when he was taken to the ground by police officers. Ex-Atlanta Hawks power forward Pero Antic testified Wednesday in the Manhattan trial of Thabo Sefolosha. Antic said he also was taken to the ground and handcuffed after he touched an officer on the shoulder and asked why his friend was being arrested.
Towering NBA forward Thabo Sefolosha called an NYPD cop a “midget’’ after the officer asked him to leave the scene of ex-Knicks star Chris Copeland’s stabbing in April, the policeman testily recalled in court Tuesday. “He said to me, ‘You’re mad you’re a midget — I’d be mad, too, if I were a midget,’ ” said 5-foot-7 rookie Officer JohnPaul Giacona, quoting the 6-foot-7 Sefolosha. “I personally thought that was uncalled for,” the officer sniffed.