A night on the town has turned to a hospital visit for the Indiana Pacers’ Chris Copeland and his wife who has been identified as Katrine Saltara. Currently in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, the two were reportedly involved in a stabbing.
Copeland who is a New Jersey native was in town for an upcoming Wednesday game against the New York Knicks. Around 4 AM Chris and his wife were leaving 1Oak night club in which the two were said to have been arguing until a 22-year-old man who has been identified for involving himself into their situation until Chris basically told the man off and for him to mind his business.
Upon doing so the man pulled out the knife and proceeded to stab Chris Copeland in the stomach and his wife in the breast, buttocks and arm. Also there was a third victim, an unidentified 53-year-old woman who was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital.
— Dray Clark (@DrayClarkABC7) April 8, 2015
The 22-year-old man is in custody and the charges against him as of right now are still pending.
In a weird turn of events, two other NBA players were arrested at the scene of 1Oak as well, Atlanta Hawks Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic. Now how did they end up being there? Well the Hawks are in town to face the Brooklyn Nets and just so happened to be out on the town as well. Why were they arrested? It is being reported the two were trying to prevent the crime scene from being set up so were charged with obstructing governmental administration.
We hope for a speedy recovery for Chris Copeland and his wife. We will keep you guys updated on any developing news for this incident.
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Following from Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel says Copeland had surgery on elbow and abdomen after stabbing incident. He'll remain in hospital for a few days.
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 8, 2015
Copeland is an important part of the Pacers depth chart for sure. He played very well early in the season for Indiana while they were fighting off the injury bug but his numbers have dipped. Still, he can provide depth as a scoring wing or a stretch four for a Pacers team that typically plays big.
Copeland will be out for the time being through Indiana’s playoff run. More importantly, hopefully Copeland makes a full recovery and takes the time he needs to do so.