Chris Copeland : Indiana Pacers player Stabbed; Two Hawks Arrested In NYC Club Fight

Chris Copeland : Indiana Pacers player Stabbed; Two Hawks Arrested In NYC Club Fight

Chris Copeland, a former member of the New York Knicks now playing for the Indiana Pacers, was stabbed in the abdomen during an argument at 1 OAK club in Chelsea early Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported.

A public information officer in the New York Police Department’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner confirmed to the Indianapolis Star that a 31-year-old man was stabbed at the 1 OAK club at 453 West 17th Street just before 4 a.m. Police would not release the name of the man stabbed, citing that he is a “witness to a crime.” The Star has confirmed it was Copeland.

A 28-year-old woman, Katrine Saltara, was also stabbed, police said. Saltara, who lives in New York, and Copeland had been engaged.

Both suffered non-life threatening wounds.

The Pacers released the following statement from president Larry Bird:

“We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City. We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured.”

Copeland’s agent, John Spencer, provided this statement to The Star:

“We’re concerned about the safety of Chris and Katrine. We don’t have any details at this particular time. All we can do is pray and wait.”

Officers arrested one man in connection with the stabbing, police said. He has not been charged.

The Pacers are in New York to play the Knicks tonight.

The New York Daily News reported that two other men, Atlanta Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were detained for trying to prevent police from setting up the crime scene. The Hawks play the Brooklyn Nets tonight in New York.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Hawks are looking into the incident.

“We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning,” Hawks Vice President of Public Relations Garin Narain told the newspaper. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

Copeland previously played for the New York Knicks, and the University of Colorado.