Exclusive, new video, obtained by TMZ Sports, proves that Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha did not resist arrest and was actually attacked by the NYPD the night Indiana Pacers player Chris Copeland and his fiancee Katrine Saltara were stabbed. Sefolosha suffered an on-impact broken ankle from one of the cops hitting him with a baton and prior to, was placed in a headlock and wrestled to the ground.
The new TMZ video shows, that while Sefolosha and his teammate Pero Antic wound up detained (not on film), the former accusations of Sefolosha “charging” at cops were seemingly false and the athlete was tugged and pulled by cops right before his fibula injury. He could even be heard in the video, and as witnesses claim, telling the NYPD to “calm down.”
This continuously unraveling incident occurred around 4 o’clock Wednesday morning in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. As HelloBeautiful reported, Copeland and Saltara at that time were shockingly stabbed by Shevoy Bleary-Murdock in front of the Fulton House projects, after having left nearby hotspot 1Oak.
How this connects to Sefolosha is that he and Antic were arrested for “obstruction” of “governmental administration”, meaning they were allegedly averting cops from marking the area between Fulton and 1Oak a crime scene, after the stabbing, but we have yet to know how so. Antic and Sefolosha did not mingle with Copeland and Saltara, but were also seen at the club and were near the entrance as investigations began.
When the New York media waited outside Midtown Community Court into the daytime, Sefolosha was captured on video limping and he’s been officially sidelined for the rest of the NBA season. The Atlanta Hawks , Indiana Pacers and the NBA are all currently conducting extensive research into the matter, which will include questioning the tactics and purpose of the NYPD interacting with Sefolosha and Antic.
Reports confirm that Copeland and Saltara were taken to Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, and that another woman was also victimized by suspect Bleary-Murdock’s rage. He has since been arrested and charged.
We’ll keep you posted on developments.