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April 16, 2015 Updates

A source close to Sefolosha, who did not witness the incident but has spoken to several people who did, told SI.com a divergent view of what happened from the official police account. According to the criminal complaint against Sefolosha, an officer arrested the Hawks player and teammate Pero Antic after they refused six times to comply with his request to disperse from the crime scene. According to the complaint, an officer “observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction” of another officer. But according to the source, it was the officer who was the initial aggressor. The source said that while officers were dispersing dozens of people near the scene, one officer focused on Sefolosha, “and then he continues to track him down the block like a D-back tracking a receiver.” Sports Illustrated

At the time, the source said, Sefolosha and Antic were walking down the block to get into a car that would take them back to their team hotel. The source said Sefolosha did not run toward the cop as the complaint said. Rather, the source said “Sefolosha turns to him and asked in substance what the officer’s problem was with him.’” At this point, the source said, Sefolosha and the officer got into an argument, which led to Sefolosha’s arrest for obstruction of a governmental function, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place at the corner of 10th Avenue, more than 120 feet away from the scene of the stabbing at 1OAK night club. Antic was also arrested and charged with obstructing a governmental function, disorderly conduct, and harassment. According to an NYPD spokesperson, he was initially charged with menacing “for physically grabbing a police officer,” but these charges do not appear in the criminal complaint against him. The source said that rather than grabbing the officer, Antic “tapped the officer on the shoulder.” Sports Illustrated

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 11, 2015 Updates

The National Basketball Players Association expressed concern over the New York Police Department's arrest and handling of Atlanta Hawks guard-forward Thabo Sefolosha, who sustained a season-ending broken right fibula and ligament damage in an early morning stabbing incident outside a New York club on Wednesday. "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. 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 NBPA said in a statement. USA Today Sports

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

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

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

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

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