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Wednesday 17 January 2018

NBA player stabbed outside NY club

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub (AP)
Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub (AP)

An NBA player, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a New York nightclub following an argument on the street that also led to the arrest of two other players.

The violence broke out just before 4am outside 1 Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot where celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg mingle with Manhattan partygoers.

Police said Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and his wife were arguing on the street as the attacker eavesdropped and started to interfere.

The dispute escalated until the 22-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and started slashing, police said.

Copeland, 31, a former member of the New York Knicks, was stabbed in the abdomen and his wife was slashed in the arm and across the breast. The third woman was slashed in the abdomen. The victims were taken to hospital in a stable condition, police said.

The suspected attacker was in custody and a knife was recovered at the scene.

Atlanta Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha were arrested on charges of obstructing the crime scene, after police said they blocked officers from trying to start their investigation.

The players were in town to play the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Centre on Wednesday night and had arrived on Tuesday evening after playing a night game in Atlanta.

Garin Narain, the Hawks vice president of public relations, said in a statement to the Associated Press that the team is investigating the matter.

"We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning," Mr Narain said. "We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time."

The Pacers were in town to play the Knicks; Copeland played with the Knicks during the 2012-13 season.

Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said the team was aware that Copeland had been injured.

"We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured."

The nightclub had been cited at least 10 times for altercations and four times for noise in 2014, according to a New York Post report.

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