Wow — what a frightening ordeal! Basketball player Chris Copeland and his wife, Katrine Saltara, were stabbed after a night out at 1OAK nightclub in New York City in a gruesome attack!
Chris Copeland, 31, a former New York Knicks basketball player who is now a forward on the Indiana Pacers, was stabbed in the stomach early April 8 near 1Oak Nightclub in New York City. His wife, Katrine Saltara, was also knifed during the brawl. Check out how an innocent night out turned violent in a flash.
Chris Copeland Stabbed — NBA Player, Wife Knifed In NYC Club
During the violent incident, which took place around 4AM, Chris took a knife to the stomach, while Katrine was slashed in multiple body parts. Police arrested 22-year-old suspect Shezoy Bleary, according to TMZ.
The couple’s injuries were not life threatening, and after the attack, the pair were caught on video sitting outside the club, completely alert, but tending to their wounds. Katrine was audibly terrified by the situation.
“We were attached out of nowhere by a f—ing black civilian!” she can be heard screaming. “We have nothing to say. We are scared for our lives!”
Aftermath Of The Attack: Two More Arrested, Chris & Katrine In Stable Condition
Police also arrested Atlanta Hawks basketball players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, who they say were attempting to obstruct cops from setting up a crime scene outside the club.
Meanwhile, Chris and Katrine went to Bellevue Hospital, where they were found to be in stable condition.
1OAK, Larry Bird Release Statements on Chris Copeland Stabbing
The incident was originally said to have occurred at 1OAK, but the club tells HollywoodLife.com that the stabbing didn’t happen on its property.
“1OAK is extremely concerned with the safety of its patrons and the community,” 1OAK tells HollywoodLife.com in a statement. “Mr. Copeland and his wife were accosted in front of the Fulton Houses where the unfortunate incident occurred after an altercation with the perpetrator. 1ODK staff was unaware of the incident when it happened, as it occurred beyond their view in a different location. However, 1OAK’s team assisted Mr. Copeland to their fullest capabilities, and called for help as soon as he was seen walking back towards the venue. As a committed community member and partner, 1OAK has been working diligently with the NYPD, and a review of the video footage seems to reveal the incident did not originate from the venue or its immediate surroundings that are under 1OAK supervision. Mr. Copeland’s driver sprang to accost and detain the apparent perpetrator and that individual is now in police custody.”
Larry Bird, who is the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, also released a statement about the situation on the team’s website. “We are aware that Chris Copeland was injured early this morning in New York City. We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured,” he said.
Our thoughts are with Chris and Katrine during this scary time, as well.
— Alyssa Norwin