Indiana Pacers’ forward Chris Copeland was allegedly stabbed and two other individuals were injured during an argument at a New York City club last night, according to the New York Times. The former Knicks player sustained a wound to the chest and was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries. Two women were also taken to hospital with slashes to their bodies.
The alleged assailant was arrested and a knife was recovered from the scene at club 1 Oak, according to police. Charges are still pending.
Two members of the Atlanta Hawks—Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic—were also arrested. Police charged the former with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. Antic was charged with obstructing governmental administration, menacing and disorderly conduct. According to the Times report, the two allegedly physically refused to allow police officers access to the scene.
The Hawks responded to the news of their players’ arrests with a statement: “We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning,” said the release from team vice president of public relations, Garin Narain. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
Larry Bird, president of basketball operations at the Pacers, also acknowledged the incident. “We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City,” he said in a statement. “We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured.”
Copeland was in Manhattan ahead of tonight’s Indiana Pacers game against the New York Knicks.