Black Legs Matter: Atlanta Hawks Guard to Sue NYPD for $50 Million

Thabo Sefolosha plans to file a $50 million lawsuit against the NYPD after a jury acquitted the Atlanta Hawks wingman of multiple charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, involving an altercation with police outside a New York City nightclub.

During his scuffle with the law enforcement officers, according to Yahoo Sports, Thabo suffered a broken ankle. The shooting guard/small forward hung out with Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland in the early hours of April 8, when an attacker stabbed Copeland in the abdomen, the New York Daily News reported. Two other woman were also stabbed during the melee. All three recovered.

Sefolosha, 31, and Pero Antic who plays basketball in Turkey, 32, although not part of the fracas, “refused to move when police tried to set up a crime scene.” Both were charged with obstructing justice, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and menacing, reported the New York Post.

The 6’7″ Switzerland native demanding  $50 million in the suit seems questionable since it appears he hasn’t lost his dunking acumen, as can be seen in an exhibition game just three days ago:

On top of that, Yahoo Sports’ Kelly Dwyer points out that Sefolosha didn’t lose $50 million by missing the last few weeks of the 2014-15 season and the Hawks’ subsequent six-week playoff run. Sefolosha is in the second year of a three year $ 12 million contract. Dwyer added that, “Even if the injuries from the incident would have forced him to retire, insurance would have covered the subsequent $8 million owed on Sefolosha’s contract.”


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