Indiana Pacers Forward Chris Copeland, Wife Stabbed Outside NYC Club

Chris Copeland

Authorities say Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub after an argument early Wednesday morning.

Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen, and his wife, Katrine Saltara, was stabbed in the arm and slashed across the breast and backside, according to police.

They were in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital, sources told the New York Daily News, which earlier reported the incident.

The Pacers are in New York to play the Knicks on Wednesday night.

“We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City,” Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement. “We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured.”

The NYPD said the incident occurred just before 4 a.m. outside the 1Oak Club on West 17th Street. The second woman stabbed was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital and also was in stable condition, the Daily News reported.

The incident stemmed from an argument at the club as Copeland and others, including the suspected attacker, reportedly 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary, were leaving. Police say Copeland and his wife were arguing on the street when a group interfered. Police say the argument escalated until one man pulled out a knife.

Bleary was arrested, and charges against him are pending. The weapon was recovered.

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SOURCE: ESPN

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