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April 14, 2015 Updates

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 12, 2015 Updates
April 10, 2015 Updates

Jared Zwerling: Contrary to reports, no argument b/w Chris and Katrina. In related news, via source, NBPA investigating police brutality re: NYPD on Hawks. Twitter @JaredZwerling

The incident shined a light on some athletes’ late-night appetites. Consider, for example, that Antic and Sefolosha happened to be at 1Oak at the same time as Copeland, said Lauren Menache, a senior account executive at Berk Communications, which counts 1Oak as one of its clients. But it was more than mere coincidence. The club is one of several in the city popular among players, Menache said. Visiting teams often stay at nearby hotels, and players know — largely through word of mouth — that they will be taken care of by management. “There’s a comfort level that their anonymity will hold up and they’ll be treated nicely,” Menache said. “They know exactly who to ask for when they arrive.” New York Times

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

After a light practice Thursday afternoon, Pacers coach Frank Vogel addressed Copeland's apology. "I agree with him that it was a bad choice. We don't condone our players being out that late," Vogel said. "We treat our players with respect and trust them to make smart decisions for the franchise and for themselves. Obviously, being out that late puts him in position to be in harm's way. It puts him at risk. Certainly, our organization doesn't condone our guys being out that late. It could've been worse. Thankfully, he's alright." Indianapolis Star

April 9, 2015 Updates

Candace Buckner: Ian Mahinmi, who calls Copeland & Katrine Saltara "good friends," said he couldn't stop thinking abt the two. "Yesterday was a sh--ty day." Mahinmi said he called Copeland first thing this morning -- also spoke w/ Saltara -- and said his teammate was "feeling good" Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

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

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