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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

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

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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

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