NEW YORK (April 8, 2015) – Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed outside a New York nightclub early Wednesday morning.
According to PIX11, it happened around 4 a.m. in the vicinity of a club called 1 OAK in Chelsea that caters to “celebrity-heavy clientele.” According to a statement from 1 OAK, the incident started on the street away from the club and out of the view of security.
1 OAK was fully cooperative with NYPD and a review of the video footage seems to reveal the incident did not originate from or surrounding the venue. Mr. Copeland’s driver sprang to accost and detain the apparent perpetrator and that individual is in police custody. The incident occurred beyond the view of our security. Once alerted the venue provided all assistance possible.
In addition to Copeland, two other women were reportedly slashed, including Copeland's former fiance, Catherine Somani. The Pacers said Copeland suffered knife wounds to his stomach and elbow. A Pacers source also confirmed Copeland underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon for a fractured elbow. He's recovering at a New York hospital.
Somani was stabbed in the chest, buttocks and right elbow. She was treated at an area hospital and released.
Police said Copeland and Somani were having a conversation outside the nightclub when the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Shevoy Bleary-Murdock, intervened and a physical confrontation ensued. Bleary-Murdock was charged with assault and felony criminal possession of a weapon.
Two other NBA players--Thabo Sefolosha, 30, and Pero Antic, 32, both from the Atlanta Hawks--were reportedly detained for refusing to move when police tried to set up a crime scene.
The Hawks are in New York to play the Brooklyn Nets while the Pacers will play the Knicks Wednesday night.
Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird released the following statement regarding Copeland:
“We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City. We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured.”
Pacers players also tweeted their support: