Thabo Sefolosha looking for off-court payday in case against NYPD

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Earlier in 2015, Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha got into some trouble when he got into it with NYPD officers outside of a Manhattan nightclub.

As a result of the scuffle, Sefolosha suffered a broken leg that sidelined him for the entirety of last season’s playoffs.

Due to what happened on that night in April, the guard is suing the officers and the City of New York for up to $50 million due to the injuries he sustained that night.


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On Wednesday, the New York Post reported that the guard had originally filed a legal notice of claim during the summer. Since breaking his leg, Sefolosha has been seen playing again but according to his attorney, Sefolosha is still not 100%.

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

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The Hawks played on this statement with a funny tweet expressing that they had full confidence in Sefolosha’s playing abilities.

After the incident, Sefolosha was charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Just this month he was found not guilty on all charges by a jury. After the decision was made Sefolosha said:

"This is just an incredible moment—to be able to clear my name."  

"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."

In a report of the event, James McKinley of the New York Times made a point of the plea offer that the Manhattan district attorney’s office made to the guard.

They offered to drop all the charges against him if he completed one day of community service.

Sefolosha though decided that he would fight the charges because he believed the injuries he sustained were a direct result of the incident.

On Monday, Sefolosha confirmed with Hannah Storm of ESPN that he would, in fact, be suing the city of New York and eight NYPD officers as well.
Thus far in the postseason Sefolosha has played in three games with an average of six points. As he recovers he should being to see more playing time and the Hawks and their fans should hope that by October 27 when they play the Detroit Pistons.

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