Thabo Sefolosha has been cleared of any wrong doing by a New York jury which found him not guilty on all three counts that were charged against him. Sefolosha had been charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and and obstruction of a governmental administration.
Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty on all three charges opens door for his civil lawsuit against NYPD. Incident jeopardized his career.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) October 9, 2015
Sefolosha suffered a broken leg during a scuffle with police last April. He was arrested along with former Hawks center Pero Antic. The charges against Antic were eventually dismissed. Both Antic and Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer testified at trial on Sefolosha's behalf. The jury deliberated for less than an hour.
While Sefolosha turned down a plea agreement that would have cost him one day of community service. He sought full exoneration from the charges and now has that. The path to a civil lawsuit against the NYPD appears likely thanks to this verdict although he says he has not yet decided whether he will pursue a civil suit.
Thabo Sefolosha: "I want to assure (jury) this was the right verdict. They were on the side of truth and justice."— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnobler) October 9, 2015
Free man pic.twitter.com/Cs7o2elUm7— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) October 9, 2015
THABO AQUITTED! JUSTICE PREVAILS! THABO HAD THE COURAGE TO FIGHT THE CHARGES - WE ARE SO PROUD! #NOTGUILTY— Michele Roberts (@MRobertsNBPA) October 9, 2015