NEW YORK (Sputnik) — US National Basketball Association player Thabo Sefolosha, who plays for the Atlanta Hawks, blames the New York Police Department (NYPD) for sustaining a season-ending injury last week in New York City, according to a statement released by the Atlantic Hawks.
“I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury and that the injury was caused by the police,” Sefolosha, a Swiss national, said on Tuesday.
Sefolosha suffered a fractured shinbone during an altercation outside of a New York City nightclub on April 9, where fellow Hawks teammate Pero Antic was arrested and Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copland was stabbed.
“I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the play-offs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused,” Sefolosha said.
The incident is currently reviewed by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs department, a NYPD spokesperson told Sputnik.
Sefolosha refused to comment on any additional details regarding the altercation when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday.