Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland stabbed at 1 OAK in NY

By on April 8, 2015

Ex-Knicks forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in the gut and two other women slashed by a knife-wielding man in a closing time melee Wednesday outside a Chelsea club, sources said.

The suspected stabber was arrested outside the popular 1OAK club on W. 17th St. after the 3:58 a.m. attack — as were a pair of NBA players busted for impeding NYPD investigators, the police sources indicated.

The dreadlocked Copeland, now in his second year with the Indiana Pacers, was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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According to the sources, Copeland and Katrine Saltara, 28, began arguing on the street after leaving the Chelsea hot spot. Another patron, 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary, inserted himself into the dispute.

New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland #14 jubilant in the first half when the New York Knicks played the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York. (Robert Sabo/New York Daily News) Robert Sabo/New York Daily News

New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland #14 jubilant in the first half when the New York Knicks played the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York. (Robert Sabo/New York Daily News)

Enlarge Chris Copeland #22 of the Indiana Pacers stands on the court during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 5, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.  Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

Chris Copeland #22 of the Indiana Pacers stands on the court during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 5, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. 

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Small forward Chris Copeland signed a two-year deal with the Indiana Pacers in 2013 after playing his rookie season for the Knicks.

Bleary then pulled a knife, stabbed Copeland, 31, and slashed Saltara in her arm and leg, the sources said. The Pacers released a statement saying Copeland was also cut on his left elbow.

The attacker also accidentally slashed his friend Catherine Somani, 23, in her abdomen during the fracas, the sources said. The club, in a statement, said Copeland’s driver grabbed the suspect and held him until cops arrived.

Pero Antic of the Atlanta Hawks is taken from the NYPD's 10th Precinct on Wednesday .Joe Marino/New York Daily News

Pero Antic of the Atlanta Hawks is taken from the NYPD’s 10th Precinct on Wednesday .

Thabo Sefolosha is seen Wednesday outside the 10th Precinct.ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS

Thabo Sefolosha is seen Wednesday outside the 10th Precinct.

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  • NBA: Pero Antic of the Atlanta Hawks is taken from the 10th pct, Wednesday April 8 th 2015. (Joe Marino/New York Daily News)
  • NBA player Thabo Sefolosha, 30, of the Atlanta Hawks is seen escorted out of the 10th Precinct of the New York Police Department (NYPD) in Manhattan, New York on April 8, 2015. NBA player Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers and his wife were stabbed during a dispute outside a New York City nightclub early on Wednesday and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police and media reports. Two Atlanta Hawks players were taken into custody for interfering with the arrest and trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene. Police identified them as Pero Antic, 33, and Thabo Sefolosha, 30, both of Atlanta. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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When police arrived at the scene, they busted Bleary and recovered a knife, sources said. Charges against him were pending.

A cell phone video, obtained by TMZ, shows the aftermath of the incident, with Copeland sitting on the sidewalk outside of the club. At times he can be seen smiling, despite his wound, and is talking with cops, until a woman covers his mouth.

Atlanta Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefalosha, accused of disorderly conduct and other charges, said nothing hours later as they walked out of the 10th Precinct.

Copeland was in Manhattan because the Pacers are playing the Knicks at Madison Square Garden later Wednesday. The Hawks tip off against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Wednesday.

Chris Copeland and Katrine Saltara in photo posted to Instagram with the coption, "Right before my last year heading off to Belgium... I look crazy lol..."optimuscope via Instagram

Chris Copeland and Katrine Saltara in photo posted to Instagram with the coption, “Right before my last year heading off to Belgium… I look crazy lol…”

Pero Antić, of the Atlanta Hawks, was arrested for allegedly blocking police access to the crime scene.Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images

Pero Antić, of the Atlanta Hawks, was arrested for allegedly blocking police access to the crime scene.

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Thabo Sefolosha, also a member of the Atlanta Hawks, was booked along with Antić for allegedly obstructing responding officers.

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One clubgoer told the Daily News that Copeland “looked like he was happy” inside the club before things took a violent turn in the early morning hours.

Copeland and Saltara were rushed to Bellevue Hospital and were in stable condition, the sources said. Somani was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital.

“Pray for my brother Chris!” tweeted Indiana teammate Paul George several hours after the stabbing.

Sefolosha, 30, and Antic, 32, refused to move when police tried to set up a crime scene, the sources said. They were charged with obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

1OAK issued a statement saying the club was “fully cooperative with the NYPD” and that the incident occurred some distance from the nightspot.

A police source said that Somani is a friend of Bleary, and was with him when the stabbing started. “In the course of what he was doing, (he) slashed her in the abdomen,” the source said.

Copeland, a 6-foot-8 forward from Orange, N.J., played 56 games as a rookie with the Knicks during the 2012-2013 season. He averaged 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and then signed a two-year, $ 6.1 million contract with Indiana.

Sefolosha and Antic had been in the city only a few hours before the incident, arriving after a Tuesday night victory over the Phoenix Suns in Atlanta.

NBA legend Larry Bird, now the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, released the following statement on the team’s website: “We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City. We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured.”

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