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If you recall, Thabo Sefolosha got into an altercation with NYPD outside of 1Oak in Manhattan. Law enforcement told everyone to vacate the scene of the crime. Being an NBA star Thabo Sefolosha thought he was trying to help, but NYPD claimed he failed to comply. He was arrested, but it took five NYPD officers to use necessary force to arrest him. Sefolosha ended up getting a broken leg, which could have ended his career. He was left unable to play.
Thabo Sefolosha sued the city, citing police brutality and claimed the officers arrested him and Pero without real reason. He admitted to calling one of the officers “a midget” just before he was slammed on the ground and arrested. There was NEVER a need for brute force.
Now, two years later, the NYPD is FORCED to pay out $4 million in damages to Atlanta Hawks Thabo Sefolosha. They settled his lawsuit against New York City, stemming from a 2015 arrest outside of a popular nightclub.
Fellow former Atlanta Hawks big man Pero Antic, were arrested, but later he was acquitted of all criminal charges.
The city Law Department said in a statement:
“This settlement is not a concession that Mr. Sefolosha was blameless in this matter and there was no admission of liability by the defendants. In light of the gravity of his injuries, the potential impact on his career as a professional athlete and the challenge for a jury in sorting out the facts in this incident, the resolution of the case was in the best interests of the city.”
Antic also filed a civil suit. His case is still pending.