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Pacers’ Chris Copeland, two others stabbed in New York nightclub; two Hawks arrested


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Washington Post reports: 

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in the elbow and abdomen and his wife was slashed when an argument broke out at a New York club early Wednesday morning.

Two members of the Atlanta Hawks were arrested for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene at 1Oak, the New York Daily News reported. Copeland’s alleged attacker, 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary, was arrested and a woman, who was with Bleary and identified by the News as Catherine Somani, was also stabbed in the fight, which broke out just as the Chelsea-area club was closing shortly before 4 a.m. Charges against Bleary were pending Wednesday morning.

By early morning, Copeland was undergoing surgery to his left elbow, the Pacers said in a statement.

Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic of the Hawks were charged with obstructing governmental administration when they refused to move for police.

Copeland and his wife were arguing, according to the New York Post, when the assailant allegedly interrupted them. Copeland told him to get lost and he pulled out a knife. (TMZ has video of the aftermath; video has NSFW language and content.)

Copeland, a 31-year-old New Jersey native, was stabbed and Katrine Saltara, identified as his wife, was wounded in the breast, buttocks and arm, police told the  Post. A second woman, 53, also was slashed in the abdomen. Copeland and his wife are reportedly in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital; the other victim was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital.

“We were attacked out of nowhere by a [expletive] black civilian” Saltara said (via TMZ.) “We have nothing to say. We are scared for our lives.”

“We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City,” Larry Bird, the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, said in a statement released by the team. “We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured.”

Copeland was in the city because the Pacers and Knicks play Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks play the Nets on Wednesday night in Brooklyn. Sefolosha and Antic had just arrived in New York after combining for 32 points in a victory Tuesday night over Phoenix.

“We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning,” Hawks spokesperson Garin Narain said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

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