The story of Chris Copeland and his wife getting stabbed in New York is gaining pace. As new information has come thick and fast throughout today. A part of this story is how Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic are connected to this. The New York Times has shed some light on the two.
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.”
There are still some answers that need to be found. According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the NBA is also carrying out their own individual investigation.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank: “We are in contact with the Indiana Pacers along with local law enforcement to obtain more information.”
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) April 8, 2015
And now there is video of Thabo Sefolosha. Limping. Whether it was part of the arrest or before. We do not know.
Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer released a statement:
The events of this morning involving Pero and Thabo were unfortunate as we never want to see our players put themselves in a potentially negative situation. We will continue to look into the facts of the incident but with the information and foundation that we currently have established, we will support them through this process. Otherwise it is a continuing legal matter and I will have no further comment.
The following is a joint statement released by Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha:
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.