Thabo Sefolosha to Go on Trial Against the NYPD

by September 09, 2015

Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha has requested and been granted an Oct.5 trial date in his case against the New York Police Department, which he blames for prematurely ending his 2014-15 campaign.

Thabo’s teammate, Pero Antic, had all charges dropped stemming from the stabbing incident involving Chris Copeland back in April.

Sefolosha underwent season-ending surgery on his leg, which he alleges was broken by the brutality of the NYPD.

Per the AJC:

Prosecutors dropped all charges against former Hawk Pero Antic in a Tuesday morning hearing in Manhattan. But they offered Sefolosha only a conditional dismissal, which he turned down in favor of going to trial to seek full exoneration. […] Sefolosha suffered a broken right fibula and ligament damage during the incident and while he no longer needs a walking boot or crutches, he has yet to be cleared for basketball activities. He said Tuesday that he’s not sure he’ll be ready for the start of training camp later this month, but remains hopeful of being able to play when the Hawks open the season Oct. 27 against Detroit.


Sefolosha has said his injuries were caused by New York City police, who came to the scene after Indiana Pacers player Chris Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen during a dispute at the nightclub 1OAK in the early morning hours of April 8. Sefolosha was charged with one count of resisting arrest and one count of disorderly conduct, while Antic faced charges of disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment for interfering with Sefolosha’s arrest.


Sefolosha was offered only an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD), asking him to perform a day of community service and agreeing to dismiss and seal the file in six months as long as he avoided further trouble. Sefolosha declined that offer in favor of either a complete dismissal or a trial before a jury.

Thabo Sefolosha Says NYPD Arrest Damaged His Reputation