Former Knick Chris Copeland and two women were stabbed while leaving a Manhattan club on Wednesday morning, according to reports.
Copeland was in New York because the Indiana Pacers, his current team, are set to play the Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Copeland and others were leaving 1 OAK Club in Chelsea when they got in an argument with 22 year-old Shezoy Bleary, who pulled a knife and stabbed Copeland in the abdomen and elbow, slashed his ex-fiancée (now “good friend”) Katrine Saltara in the arm and leg, and slashed 53 year-old Catherine Somani (accidentally; she is believed to be the suspect’s friend) in the abdomen.
Copeland and Saltara were rushed to the hospital as police apprehended the suspect. They are both believed to be in stable condition.
Copeland’s elbow was fractured in the incident and will require surgery
Two Hawks players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were arrested at the scene for obstruction.
*UPDATE: Copeland is out of surgery
*UPDATE: Copeland has been released from the hospital
***Chris Copeland is my favorite player in the league, and has always been supportive of my efforts on this blog. He was nice enough to issue post-game passes so that I could meet him in person the last time the Pacers were at MSG. My thoughts are with him and his wife. -Tommy Rothman