Thabo Sefolosha's case is nearing a conclusion in New York. The Atlanta Hawks' swingman took the witness stand in Manhattan on Wednesday. Sefolosha pled not guilty to misdemeanor charges of obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest back in April of this year outside of a New York nightclub.
Per the New York Times:
"He said, ‘That's it, you're going to jail,' " Mr. Sefolosha, a guard-forward with the Atlanta Hawks, said as he testified in his own defense. Other officers grabbed his arms, he said, and he felt one kick him hard in the right leg. Then he went down to the pavement. "I didn't even have a chance to put my hands behind my back," he said.
An earlier stabbing had reportedly prompted police to clear the area that Sefolosha and then teammate Pero Antic were in. Antic was reportedly in an Uber when Sefolosha spotted a panhandler that he had seen as he was going into the club, and attempted to give the man $20, but was stopped by police from doing so.
After that occurred, Sefolosha was allegedly then pushed by police, as he tried putting his money back in his pocket, and kicked to the ground. Pero Antic corroborated most of Sefolosha's story. Coach Mike Budenholzer also took the stand as the final defense witness Thursday, defending Sefolosha's character.
The case went to the jury a little after 4 p.m. EDT, and was sent home shortly before 5 p.m., they will return at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, per Chris Vivalmore of the AJC.