NBA player Chris Copeland, wife stabbed outside New York City club -reports

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Posted: Apr 08, 2015 7:40 AM

(Reuters) - NBA player Chris Copeland and his wife were stabbed outside a New York City nightclub early Wednesday and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, ABC reported.

The Indiana Pacers forward was stabbed in the abdomen. His wife was slashed in the arm and leg, and a 53-year-old woman was stabbed in the abdomen, according to media reports. A suspect, Shezoy Bleary, 22, was in custody.

The New York Police Department did not immediately comment on the incident to Reuters.

Copeland, 31, and wife Katrine Saltara, 28, were attacked on the sidewalk outside a club in the Chelsea neighborhood shortly before 4 a.m., ABC and the New York Daily News reported. A knife was recovered, media reports said.

An argument occurred as Copeland, his wife, the other woman and Bleary were leaving the club as it was closing, according to the New York Daily News, citing unnamed sources.

Authorities also took two Atlanta Hawks players into custody for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene, the New York Daily News said, citing unnamed sources. Thabo Sefolosha, 30, and Pero Antic, 32, were charged with obstructing governmental administration, the paper said.

Copeland previously played for the New York Knicks, who are scheduled to play the Pacers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The Hawks are scheduled to play the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Lisa Lambert)