Hawks Sefolosha sues NYPD and NYC for $50 Million

By Phil Cantor
Oct. 21, 2015

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

by: OSGPhil/@osgphil

He likely won't get all he's asking for but Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha and his attorney are very confident they'll get something.

Sefolosha is in the process of filing a $50 million lawsuit against the New York City Police Department and the city for his injuries after an arrest last October.

During the arrest Sefolosha's leg was pounded on repeatedly with a baton by a police officer breaking his leg. The injury cost him his season and he was unable to play for the Hawks in the playoffs which had an impact on the teams performance.

He was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest all of which he was quickly found not guilty of in court. 

It will be interesting to see what a judge thinks his hardship is worth. Sefolosha has returned to action over the past week, playing in a handful of exhibition games for the Hawks. He is claiming the injuries caused irreparable damage which may not appear as an issue today, but the wear and tear damage will be a problem over time..