Hawks player blames NYC police for ‘significant injury’

 ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha blames New York City police for causing a “significant injury” that knocked him out for the season.

The backup forward sustained a fractured right lower leg and ligament damage while being arrested with teammate Pero Antic outside a nightclub while the Hawks were in the city to face the Brooklyn Nets. Sefolosha won’t return until next season, costing the top-seeded Hawks a strong perimeter defender heading into the playoffs.

Speaking Tuesday, Sefolosha said he could not discuss specifically what happened last week on the advice of his attorney. He did say, “I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury, and that the injury was caused by the police.”

The players union is investigating. An attorney for the players says they did nothing wrong.

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