Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were due back in a New York courtroom on Wednesday for their part in a late night incident involving New York police at a night club in early April. Sefolosha and Antic were both in a nightclub where then Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed. As police arrived and tried to get control of the scene, Sefolosha and Antic were involved in a scuffle with police and were arrested and charged with multiple violations. Sefolosha suffered season ending injuries to his leg which he claims were a result of the NYPD.
Sefolosha's trial date is scheduled to begin on October 5 according to ESPNNewYork's Ian Begley. That date coincides with training camp which is set to begin around October 1.
The trial for the Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha is scheduled to start on October 5th.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 9, 2015
Sefolosha is still recovering from those injuries and may not be ready for the start of camp, but he told reporters that the timing was not ideal.
Thabo Sefolosha says he isn't sure if he will be ready for training camp but is progressing well. Says the Oct. 5 trial date isn't ideal.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 9, 2015
The charges against Antic were dropped on Wednesday. Antic agreed to a two-year deal with Fenerbahce this summer and will be returning to Europe after spending the past two seasons with the Hawks.
Danny Knobler reports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Sefolosha turned down a deal agreement that would have offered him only a conditional dismissal.
Sefolosha was offered only an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD), asking him to perform a day of community service and agreeing to dismiss and seal the file in six months as long as he avoided further trouble. Sefolosha declined that offer in favor of either a complete dismissal or a trial before a jury.