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Atlanta Hawks player sues New York City over arrest


at Pepsi Center on January 25, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Hawks defeated the Nuggets 119-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Doug Pensinger

NEW YORK -- Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) has filed a lawsuit against New York City after he was acquitted of criminal charges stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub.

The federal lawsuit, filed Wednesday, names five police officers and seeks unspecified damages.

Sefolosha was arrested in April 2015. Police alleged he disobeyed orders to clear the street after another NBA player was stabbed outside the 1Oak nightclub.

The Swiss national said his leg was broken in the ensuing struggle, causing him to miss the playoffs. He was acquitted in October of misdemeanor charges.

Sefolosha alleges the officers arrested him without cause and filed a false report.

A spokesman for New York City’s law department said it would review the allegations.