Indiana Pacers star Chris Copeland and his wife were the victims of a stabbing outside a New York City nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning, reports have confirmed today.
WFAN's Craig Carton, citing a source from within the NYPD, reported that Copeland - a former rookie with the New York Knicks - suffered a stab wound to the abdomen whilst his partner was "slashed" in the same incident.
The alleged attacker was arrested by the authorities. The reporter added that two members of the Atlanta Hawks roster - Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha - had been arrested for "allegedly obstructing the crime scene."
According to Fox 59, the stabbing occurred after a fight brought out around 4 am at a club (Oak 1) in the Chelsea district of the city. The arrests of the Atlanta Hawks players came after they reportedly refused to move to allow police to set up a crime scene.
Another female, 53-year-old Catherine Somani, also suffered stab wounds before the alleged attacker - Shezoy Bleary - was arrested by police who also recovered a knife from the scene.
Details on the condition of all three victims remains unclear as news develops, but the New York Daily News reports that Chris Copeland and his wife are in a stable condition having been rushed to Bellevue Hospital.
New York City arrival
The Indiana Pacers are in New York to play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden this evening. The Atlanta Hawks too face Big Apple opponents in an upcoming contest with the Brooklyn Nets - explaining the presence of Antic and Sefolosha.
Copeland himself played for the Knicks franchise on 53 occasions during the 2012-13 season.
It goes without saying that Copeland will be ruled out for the Pacers - Knicks contest but the more pressing concern is his wellbeing, as that of the other victims of this morning's worrying attack.
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