Thabo Sefolosha: Broken leg was caused by police
Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha is claiming that the broken leg he suffered last week while being arrested in New York City was an injury that was inflicted by police.
On Tuesday, Sefolosha released a statement indicating he will be pursuing legal action in the wake of the incident.
“On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case,” he said. “Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law. I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury and that the injury was caused by the police.”
You can read the full statement here.
As you can see from the video above, it appeared that a police officer struck Sefolosha in the leg during a struggle while he was being arrested. Sefolosha looked like he may have been resisting arrest at the time.
This obviously adds another element to what was already an insane story. While Sefolosha suffered a broken leg and was arrested along with a Hawks teammate, it was actually Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and two other people that were stabbed during the incident.
Regardless of how the case turns out, the No. 1-seeded Hawks will be without Sefolosha throughout the playoffs.