Pacers forward Chris Copeland stabbed outside NYC nightclub

Chris Copeland (AP)
Chris Copeland (AP)

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and his wife were stabbed outside the 1Oak nightclub in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood early Wednesday morning by an unnamed suspect following a dispute, and Atlanta Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha were arrested for obstructing the scene, according to an Associated Press report.

The Pacers are in town to play the New York Knicks, while the Hawks are here to take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight.

From the report, via YES Network:

The violence broke out just before 4 a.m. Wednesday outside 1Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot where celebs like Justin Beiber[sic] and Snoop Dogg mingle with Manhattan partygoers. Police say the couple was 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.

Antic, Sefolosha (AP)
Antic, Sefolosha (AP)
Copeland, 31, a former member of the New York Knicks, was stabbed in the abdomen and his wife slashed in the arm and across the breast. The third woman was slashed in the abdomen. The victims were hospitalized and in stable condition, police said. The suspected attacker was in custody, and a knife was recovered at the scene.

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

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

YES Network — Pacers forward Chris Copeland stabbed at Manhattan nightclub