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Chris Copeland on April stabbing incident: “I am OK”


The bulk of the attention on the April 8 New York City nightclub incident has been on Thabo Sefolosha’s broken leg at the hands of the NYPD. It’s easy to forget that Chris Copeland, who was playing for the Pacers at the time, was stabbed at the scene and had to undergo surgery. Copeland, who just signed a deal with the Bucks, gave his first interview since the incident to Marc Spears of Yahoo, and he says he’s recovered fully from the stab wounds:

Copeland underwent surgery for injuries to his left elbow and abdomen, and apologized for being involved in the incident in a statement afterward. The experience has given him a new appreciation for all he has.

“I would like to say that I am OK for anybody that was concerned,” Copeland said. “I appreciate all the love and support as always.

“Legally, it’s not something I can talk about. But it was an unfortunate situation. I’m looking forward to putting it behind me and getting back on the floor.”

Copeland also reveals that he recently paid a visit to Facebook’s offices to work with their engineers on developing app ideas.

Copeland understandably can’t say much about the circumstances in April, as it’s an ongoing legal case. But it’s good to see that he’s made a full recovery and will be ready to play next season.

Chris Copeland says he’s OK after stabbing

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Chris Copeland got stabbed last April, landing him in the ICU for surgery.

Copeland just signed with Bucks, so obviously at least one team believes he’ll overcome the incident.

But how is he doing now?

Copeland, via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

“I would like to say that I am OK for anybody that was concerned,” Copeland said. “I appreciate all the love and support as always.

“Legally, it’s not something I can talk about. But it was an unfortunate situation. I’m looking forward to putting it behind me and getting back on the floor.”

Very glad to hear Copeland is fine. The news sounded scary for a while.

He worked so hard just to make the NBA, and he deserves a chance to see how his career will unfold based on the merits.

Report: Bucks signing Chris Copeland to one-year contract


Chris Copeland came a long way just to make the NBA.

He got stabbed late last season, but that scary incident won’t derail his pro career.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Given Copeland’s minimum salary is $981,348, it seems the Bucks had to dip into their $2,814,000 room exception.

That’s good value, and he makes an already deep team even deeper. Copeland is a stretch four who could see minutes behind Jabari Parker and John Henson depending what looks Jason Kidd wants to give.

Speaking of Kidd, he played with Copeland on the Knicks. This isn’t the first time Milwaukee has added an apparent Kidd favorite, but this signing makes more sense than others (looking at you, Kenyon Martin).

Copeland gives the Bucks 15 players with guaranteed contracts, meaning Jorge Gutierrez and his unguaranteed deal probably gets squeezed out – though Milwaukee could eat the salary of someone like Damien Inglis or Johnny O’Bryant.

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.”

Report: Thabo Sefolosha followed by aggressive police officer then arrested


Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha claims police caused his season-ending injury.

Police say Sefolosha refused to leave the area of the crime scene and then resisted arrest.

Sefolosha has declined to address specifics of that night, which also saw Pacers forward Chris Copeland stabbed and Hawks center Pero Antic arrested, but this probably sheds light on his version of events.

Greg Hanlon of Sports Illustrated:

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.”

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.”

This is obviously only one side of the story – and it comes third-hand at best.

But if Sefolosha was arrested 120 feet from the stabbing, that should raise questions about the police’s claim he refused to leave the area of the crime. It is possible, though, he initially refused to leave and then got 120 feet away while resisting arrest.

On the other hand, the video above shows multiple officers tugging Sefolosha (and one hitting him with a nightstick), which doesn’t jive with claim of one officer aggressively following him. It is possible, though, this video begins after other officers arrived to help the single officer described in Hanlon’s report.

Essentially, we have more information – but maybe even more uncertainty about what actually happened.