Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha will miss the rest of the season due to a broken fibula sustained during an arrest at a New York City nightclub early Wednesday morning, according to WSB-TV’s Zach Klein.
Sefolosha and fellow Hawk Pero Antic were arrested at the Chelsea club 1 OAK for getting in the way of an investigation following the stabbing of Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland. The two had no association with the stabbing and were bystanders, but were arrested when they refused to leave the crime scene.
According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it took four police officers to subdue Sefolosha during the arrest, and his leg was broken in the process. The Hawks played a game against the Phoenix Suns in Atlanta Tuesday night, then flew to New York for a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
While Sefolosha isn’t a starting player on the Hawks’ roster, fans have to be wondering if this is the resumption of a sports curse that has hung over Atlanta for the last 20 years. Sefolosha is a key reserve on the Hawks’ bench who was expected to serve as an important defensive replacement as the team attempted to win its first championship. They’ll sorely miss that in the upcoming games.
Prior to the injury, Sefolosha was averaging nearly 19 minutes per game. Now, the Hawks will likely turn to Kent Bazemore – a far less experienced player, especially in the playoffs – to fill Sefolosha’s shoes.
And the fact that the injury likely came at the hands of New York’s Finest is just salt on the wound.
Image: AP/David TulisFollow @Sean_Breslin