UPDATE: The Indiana Pacers stated that “Chris Copeland suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen this morning in New York City. He is currently in stable condition at a New York hospital. Updates will be provided as available.”
Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers was stabbed in the abdomen during an altercation outside of a Chelsea nightclub early Wednesday morning in NYC. The NBA player’s wife and another woman were also slashed during the altercation.
According to PIX 11 news in New York, a fight at the club turned violent and left two women slashed and a man stabbed, police said. An NYPD spokesperson said the male victim is a professional basketball player with the Indiana Pacers, but did not identify him.”
The same news outlet stated that the stabbing happened around 4 a.m.
The 6-foot-8 New Jersey native was rushed to the hospital along with the two other women.
The suspect is in custody along with two other NBA players.
“Chris Copeland’s attacker was arrested, and two members of the Atlanta Hawks, Pero Antić and Thabo Sefolosha, were also booked, for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene, the sources said,” reported the New York Daily News.
“The man who was arrested, Shezoy Bleary, 22, [allegedly] pulled out a knife and stabbed Copeland, 31, and slashed 28-year-old Katrine Saltara, described by investigators as Copeland’s wife, in the arm and leg. The second woman, Catherine Somani, 53, was slashed in the abdomen,” they also added.
Copeland and the Pacers are in town for a Wednesday night matchup against the New York Knicks. He’s currently in stable condition.
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