Hawks Sefolosha not guilty after NYPD Roughed him up while leaving bar

By Phil Cantor
Oct. 09, 2015

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

by: OSGPhil/@osgphil

A New York City jury found Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha not guilty on charges by the New York City PD that he obstructed justice, resisted arrest and charges of disorderly conduct in an incident April 8th outside a NYC Nightclub. 

All that he got for the time. A broken fibula that cost him and the Hawks his services in the playoffs and likely opens the door to a lawsuit against the NYPD.

Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antic were at the same nightclub on April 8th as Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland who was stabbed. Neither Hawks player were there with Copeland. Antic and Sefolosha appeared to have been trying to leave the scene and for some reason were singled out by the police. Both were charged though in video that surfaced, it looks like they had nothing to do with the stabbing. Police basically wanted them away from the scene. Both men tried to comply, but it apparently didn't work out so well.

Watch video from the incident which shows how overly aggressive police seemed to be with him.

It took just 30 minutes of deliberation for the jury to find Sefolosha not guilty of anything but being a punching bag in a trial that lasted most of the week. Testimony wrapped up Thursday with Hawks coach Mike Budenhozer testifying to Sefolosha's character and personality. Sefolosha had rejected a plea deal before trial in large part because he wanted vindication. And vindication he got.

According to reporters in New York, no decision has been made on suing the city, that will likely come in time. However Sefolosha has been unable to get back out on a basketball court and play since he was struck repeatedly in his leg by police causing the injury. 

No word if any disciplinary action will be taken against the officers. 


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