The National Basketball Players Association and Atlanta Hawks are taking exception to the way an arrest was handled with Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic on early Wednesday morning. As a result, they will be conducting their own investigation of the incident.
Sefolosha and Antic were involved in an incident outside of a nightclub that resulted in an arrest on suspicion of interfering with the efforts of police to set up a crime scene. The crime scene was due to Indiana Pacers’ Chris Copeland being stabbed.
“The players’ union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic’s arrest and is doing its own investigation of the situation,” NBPA spokeswoman Tara Greco said. “The union was fully engaged in supporting all three players in court and in the precinct this week, and will continue to stay engaged as each situation evolves.”
It’s a blow to the Hawks and brings the tactics into more question because Sefolosha fractured his fibula during the incident. He will miss the remainder of the season.
Sefolosha was held in custody for hours with his broken leg.
Copeland is out of the hospital after suffering stab wounds on his elbow and abdomen.