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Thabo Sefolosha reveals retirement

Former Hawks wing Thabo Sefolosha

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 21: Thabo Sefolosha #25 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 21, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

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Years before NBA players took up the cause in earnest, Thabo Sefolosha took charge in the fight against police brutality. The victim of police misconduct while playing for the Hawks in 2015, Sefolosha demanded and got some accountability. He then donated a substantial portion of his $4 million settlement with New York City toward criminal-justice reform.

That will be his legacy in retirement.

Sefolosha, 36, revealed his retirement on the “Fastbreak” podcast.

The first NBA player from Switzerland, Sefolosha played 14 seasons with the Bulls, Thunder, Hawks, Jazz and Rockets. At his best, he started for some excellent Oklahoma City teams. Sefolosha made the 2010 All-Defensive second team.

He entered the NBA a shooting guard but – credit to his versatility – kept up with the league’s evolution by shifting to power forward by the end of his career. That career apparently ended when he sat out the resumption at Disney World last year.