9:58am: The Pacers confirm Copeland suffered knife wounds to his abdomen and left elbow and that he remains in stable condition.
9:04am: A source close to Copeland tells Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling that Copeland suffered a broken left elbow as he was attacked, and he will undergo surgery (All Twitter links). Copeland’s contract is up at season’s end and the Pacers can make him a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer of nearly $3.919MM.
8:00am: Pacers combo forward Chris Copeland is in stable condition at a New York hospital after he was stabbed in the abdomen at a nearby nightclub early this morning, sources tell Rocco Parascandola of the New York Daily News. His wounds are not life threatening, according to Madeline Buckley of the Indianapolis Star.
Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha and center Pero Antic were later arrested at the same location and charged with obstructing governmental administration, as they allegedly refused to move when police were setting up a crime scene, sources tell Parascandola. They had just arrived in town with the Hawks set to play the Nets tonight, while Copeland’s Pacers are scheduled to play at the Knicks.
The precise nature or severity of Copeland’s injuries aren’t immediately clear. He’s played in only eight games since the beginning of February for the Pacers, who trail the Nets by a game for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.