Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha have been arrested for “trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene”, according to reports from a stabbing incident early Wednesday morning in a New York City nightclub.
A man reportedly attacked Pacers’ forward Chris Copeland and his wife after an argument, and, according to sources, Antic and Sefolosha refused to move while the police were setting up a crime scene. A spokeswoman for the police department said that Sefolosha “charged at an officer” and Antic “physically grabbed another police officer”. Antic was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct, and menacing, while Sefolosha was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
Copeland suffered a broken elbow during the attack in addition to the stabbing to his abdomen, but his wounds are not life-threatening.
Zwerling is also now reporting what role Antic and Sefolosha had with the affair:
From my source close to Chris Copeland, Hawks players were shielding him from those crowding/taking photos. Police were in protective mode.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) April 8, 2015
As of now, Antic and Sefolosha have been released on their own recognizance and will not play tonight against the Nets. The two players released this joint-statement through Hawks PR:
As members of the Atlanta Hawks, we hold ourselves to a high standard and take our roles as professionals very seriously. We will contest these charges and look forward to communicating the facts of the situation at the appropriate time. We apologize to our respective families, teammates, and the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon them. We are unable to provide further comment as this is an ongoing legal matter.