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Thabo Sefolosha issues statement in regards to incident in New York

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Thabo Sefolosha issued a statement on Tuesday in regards to his arrest and subsequent injury at a New York nightclub.

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Thabo Sefolosha met with the media on Tuesday and talked about last week's arrest and subsequent injury at a New York nightclub. Sefolosha fielded questions from the media but was unable to answer specifically regarding how he suffered the injury. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a detailed account of the Q&A session.

Sefolosha issued a statement where he expressed gratitude for the support he has received from his family and his teammates along with that of the organization. He also added that he was currently in great pain and that his injury was caused by the police.

Here is Sefolosha's complete statement:

"I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to my family and friends, the Hawks organization and my teammates. This has been a difficult time for me and I truly appreciate the support I have received from everyone. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused. I will be cheering for them every step of the way and will be diligent in my rehabilitation.

On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case. Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law. I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury and that the injury was caused by the police."