Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha claims he was provoked by NYPD
As more time passes since the bizarre events at that night club in New York, we are gathering more information on what really happened that night. What we do know about Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha is that now he has a broken Tibia and ligament damage which will leave out for the remainder of the season.
There are now conflicting reports as to how this injury came about and who exactly was the aggressor. The police report filed says that they asked Sefolosha several times to leave the crime scene and that he resisted. As you can imagine Sefolosha has his own version of what exactly occurred that night.
Sefolosha in a state Tuesday stated that he “experienced a significant injury and that the injury was caused by the police.”
A person that was not at the night club, but spoke with several people there, has come forward to SI.com to give an alternate account of what happened.
The individual says that Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were going to go back to the team hotel and was in route to his car during which the police officer was tailing him “like a D-back tracking a receiver.” According to this individual, this was the time that “Sefolosha turns to him and asked in substance what the officer’s problem was with him.”
The arrest itself took place more than 120 feet from the site of stabbing. As reported earlier, Sefolosha was taken into custody and complained about foot pain which the NYPD denied assistance with. Alex Spiro, Sefolosha and Antic’s attorney, says “As the investigation continues, we fully expect the charges against both players to be dismissed.”
Some will argue that Sefolosha needs to realize that his paycheck doesn’t allow him to act a certain way towards an officer of the law. There is also a flip side issue that maybe the officer, who was already aggresive, was aggresive to someone with public presence.
We don’t exactly know what happened just yet. I can tell you that I’m tired of hearing people talk about their immaculate criminal record. People break the law, people go to jail, people make mistakes, spare your judgment. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in every thirty nine (2.9% ) adults in 2011 were in some sort of correctional supervision.
Let’s see what pans out before we decide the the life we have personally lived can be used to judge Thabo Sefolosha. Also do a little reading about other things he has done outside of this event.
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