Pacers Player Chris Copeland And Fiancée Knifed Outside Of Nightclub
Some pregame celebrating turned bloody for Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, 31, and his fiancée Katrine Saltara, 28, when an altercation broke out in front of a New York City nightclub.
According the New York Daily News, Copeland, who was in town for a Wednesday match against the Knicks, partied at the 1OAK nightclub in Chelsea prior to being stabbed around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Police sources say that an argument broke out between Copeland and Shezoy Bleary, 22, after Copeland accused Bleary of eavesdropping on a private conversation. Their dispute escalated and Bleary allegedly pulled out a knife. According to the New York Post, he stabbed Copeland in the stomach and slashed Saltara in the breast, buttocks and arm. A female companion of Bleary was also reportedly stabbed in the scuffle.
A limo driver quickly flagged down police who rushed over and arrested Bleary. Atlanta Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, who were in town for a match against the Nets, were also arrested because they refused to get out of the way so that police could establish a crime scene. They were charged with obstructing governmental administration.
“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 president of basketball operations, Larry Bird, said in a statement.
Copeland and Saltara were rushed to Bellevue Hospital and are said to be in stable condition. The third victim was taken to Lennox Hill Hospital.