HipHollywood can confirm that Indiana Pacers player Chris Copeland, 31, was stabbed early Wednesday morning while outside a New York City nightclub.
We are told that Copeland and his wife, Katrine Saltara, 28, were leaving 1 OAK around 4 a.m. EST in Chelsea when they got into an argument. That’s when a man approached the couple and became inquisitive about their discussion. Apparently, things escalated from there.
The NY Police Department tells us the male victim [Copeland] was stabbed in the abdomen and his wife was cut on the arm and sustained a slash to the chest.
23-year-old Catherine Somani, who is said to be the friend of the suspect, was also stabbed in the abdomen by accident after trying to break up the dispute.
Police later arrested 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary of Brooklyn in connection with the stabbings. We are told that there have been no official charges yet.
Copeland and Katrine were both transported to Bellevue Hospital where they are in stable condition. Somani was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital where she is also in stable condition.
“We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City,” Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement. “We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured.”
Meanwhile, Atlanta Hawks players, Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were also taken into custody and charged with obstructing governmental administration for refusing to move when police were setting up the crime scene.
“We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning,” the Hawks said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”
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