NEW YORK (April 8, 2015) – An Indiana Pacers player was stabbed near a New York club early Wednesday morning. According to FOX59's affiliate news station PIX11, it happened around 4 a.m. near a club called 1 OAK in Chelsea that caters to “celebrity-heavy clientele.”
The player was identified as Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, who formerly played for the New York Knicks. Two women who were with Copeland were also slashed.
The Pacers said Copeland suffered knife wounds to his elbow and stomach. He also fractured his elbow and underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon.
Police arrested suspect 22-year-old Shevoy Bleary-Murdock. He was charged with assault and felony criminal possession
of a weapon.
According to PIX11, police said Copeland and one of the females, Catherine Somani, who reportedly used to be engaged to the Pacers player, were having a conversation, when Murdock intervened and a physical confrontation ensued. Somani was stabbed in the chest, buttocks and right elbow. She was treated at an area hospital and released.
Two other NBA players--Thabo Sefolosha, 30, and Pero Antic, 32, both from the Atlanta Hawks--were reportedly detained for refusing to move when police tried to set up a crime scene, the newspaper reported. The Hawks were in town for a game against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Pacers are in New York to play the Knicks Wednesday night.
Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird released the following statement regarding Copeland:
“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.”
Pacers players also tweeted their support:
1 OAK released the following statement regarding the incident:
1OAK is extremely concerned with the safety of its patrons and the community. Mr. Copeland and his [girlfriend] were accosted in front of Fulton Houses where the unfortunate incident occurred after an altercation with the perpetrator. As a committed community member and partner, 1OAK was fully cooperative with NYPD and a review of the video footage seems to reveal the incident did not originate from or surrounding the venue. Mr. Copeland’s driver sprang to accost and detain the apparent perpetrator and that individual is in police custody. The incident occurred beyond the view of our security. Once alerted the venue provided all assistance possible.
The Pacers are scheduled to play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.