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Arrested Hawks players Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic release statement about Chris Copeland stabbing incident

Chris Copeland

Chris Copeland


As facts are continuing to come out about last night’s stabbing incident involving Pacers forward Chris Copeland, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer and players Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic have released statements. Sefolosha and Antic were arrested at the nightclub were the stabbing occurred for obstructing the police’s attempts to establish a crime scene.

Here’s Budenholzer’s 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.

And this is a joint statement released by Antic and 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.

The facts are still coming out, but this is how police reports characterized the two Hawks players’ involvement, via the New York Times:

One of the two Hawks team members who were arrested, Thabo Sefolosha, 30, an eight-year veteran from Switzerland, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct after he refused to leave and then “charged at an officer,” a police spokeswoman said.

The other Atlanta player, Pero Antic, 32, who is from Macedonia, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, menacing and disorderly conduct. While Mr. Sefolosha was being arrested, the police said, Mr. Antic grabbed another police officer.

Antic and Sefolosha will both be out for tonight’s game against the Nets.