Chris Copeland

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UPDATE: The NBA released a statement saying Chris Copeland underwent surgery Wednesday for his injuries but is in stable condition. Copeland also released a statement, saying, "I want to thank all the fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time. I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time. I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery."


Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and Katrine Saltara were stabbed outside of New York City's nightclub 1Oak. The former New York Knicks player was stabbed in the abdomen while Saltara was stabbed three times in the arm, breast and buttocks during an argument that took place shortly before 4:00 a.m., police sources tell E! News. 

Copeland's driver witnessed what happened and alerted police. The NBA star's attacker, 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary, was arrested as well as two members of the Atlanta Hawks, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene. The Pacers released an update on its player's condition online, writing, "Chris Copeland suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen this morning in New York City. He is currently in stable condition at a New York hospital. Updates will be provided as available."

Pacers President Larry Bird also released a statement that read, "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."

Copeland and Saltara were rushed to Bellevue Hospital after the altercation.

1Oak also released a statement after the incident occurred that rehashed what had taken place nearby. "1OAK is extremely concerned with the safety of its patrons and the community. Mr. Copeland and his wife were accosted in front of Fulton Houses where the unfortunate incident occurred after an altercation with the perpetrator," the statement read. "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."

It added, "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."

(Originally published April 8, 2015, at 9:22 a.m. PT)

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