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Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha suing NYPD and New York City for $50M

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Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha is reportedly planning to sue New York City and eight NYPD officers following an incident earlier this year.

Sefolosha is reportedly looking for up to $50million in damages after suffering a broken leg at the hands of the officers following an incident at a night club in Manhattan, back in April.

According to a New York Post report, the 31-year-old filed legal notice of the claim over the summer. He's returned to action after suffering a broken leg during the incident, but his attorney told the outlet that doesn't mean he's fully healthy.

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"Unfortunately, he may not be dunking as much as he was before this happened," defense lawyer Alex Spiro said.

Sefolosha has appeared in three preseason games for the Hawks after recovering from the broken leg. He's averaged six points and 2.3 rebounds in limited duty as he works back toward full strength.

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Although he's playing again, the report said the claim states that the physical impact of the injury is "permanent in nature and continuing into the future."

Sefolosha was charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest as a result of the situation. Earlier this month, a Manhattan jury found him not guilty on all charges.

"This is just an incredible moment—to be able to clear my name," Sefolosha said at the time. "I just wanted truth to come out and justice to come out. I knew what happened that night and I feel like the world now knows as well."

Thabo decided to fight the charges in court, despite being offered a plea deal that would have seen him do community service, because he felt the injuries he suffered were the result of wrongful arrest.

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