Court date set for Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic after NYPD incident


In April, Hawks players Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were arrested outside a New York City nightclub in an incident that also saw Pacers forward Chris Copeland get stabbed. Sefolosha suffered a season-ending leg injury after an altercation with the New York Police Department, and has been very vocal since then about his belief that the injury was caused by the police and was unwarranted. Now, both Hawks players have a court date set for next week.

From Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha have a date in New York City Criminal Court next week as they face misdemeanor charges stemming from an arrest outside a nightclub in April.

The hearing will be held Tuesday, June 16 at 9 a.m. and is the next procedural step in the case before a trial date is set.

Both players were charged with obstructing governmental administration. Antic also was charged with one count of disorderly conduct and one count of second-degree harassment. Sefolosha also was charged with one count of resisting arrest and one count of disorderly conduct. The players have remained steadfast in their innocence.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Sefolosha said the incident greatly hurt his reputation as well as his health and well-being. “We are talking about the stress that it has brought to the entire family, you know, my mom and dad in Switzerland, my brothers and sisters, my wife,” he said. “Also, the damage to my reputation. I’ve had people texting me about what they saw in the newspaper and things like this. Every aspect of my life was affected by something like this, and I think putting light on the aftermath of something like this, I think that’s also something that’s important.”