NEW YORK (April 9, 2015) – Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland says he’s “doing as well as can be expected” after being stabbed early Wednesday morning in New York, where the team was in town to take on the New York Knicks.
According to our media partners at the IndyStar, Copeland suffered a puncture to his diaphragm following the incident, which happened around 4 a.m. Wednesday outside 1 OAK nightclub. He underwent surgery on his elbow and abdomen; his girlfriend was also slashed. Police arrested Shevoy Bleary-Murdock at the scene and recovered a switchblade. He was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Copeland released a statement Thursday about his recovery thanking fans for supporting him and apologizing for the incident:
I want to thank all the fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time. I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time. I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery.
Two Atlanta Hawks players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were detained in connection with the incident after police said they interfered while officers tried to set up a crime scene investigation. The Hawks were in New York to play the Brooklyn Nets. Neither player appeared in the game, and the Hawks said the team was looking into the incident.