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Thabo Sefolosha to file civil suit against NYPD

Thabo Sefolosha announced on ESPN Monday that he plans to file a civil suit against the New York Police Department.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Thabo Sefolosha made it official on Monday when he announced his intentions to sue the New York Police Department in an interview with ESPN's Hannah Storm. Sefolosha is seeking $50 million in damages citing that he has still not fully recovered from the injuries he suffered in last April's arrest. He missed the remainder of the 2015 season with a broken fibula, but also suffered ligament damage in the leg.

"There's a lot of unknown about how this will affect me two years from now, five years from now, 10 years from now," Sefolosha said. "Also because I think it's the right approach to put lights in a situation like this and to ... fight back in a legal way and in a way that can empower, hopefully, more people."

Sefolosha was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident by a New York Jury in early October. He rejected a plea agreement that would have resulted in one day of community service. Sefolosha maintained his innocence in the case and sought a trial where he was found not guilty of three misdemeanor charges.