Two Atlanta Hawks players are suing NYPD for damages pegged at up to a combined $75,000,000 for a single false arrest outside a New York nightclub last year.
It all started when one player tried to hand $20 to a homeless person after police closed the nightclub down at 4:15am.
And the NYPD beat up that player.
It knocked him out for the season too.
Hawks starting Small Foward Thabo Sefolosia, missed the end of the season and his NBA team’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals after police broke his fibula and tore ligaments in his ankle too.
Charges against Hawks Center Pero Antic were dropped and his lawyer Alex Spiro told ESPN:
“The NYPD has all but conceded that they falsely and improperly arrested Pero Antic.”
“They will now be held responsible.”
NYPD dropped charges against Antic, but pressed them against Sefolosia, even though part of the incident was recorded and showed that the NBA player wasn’t resisting arrest.
But the multi-millionaire Swiss NBA player wasn’t going to be bullied by New York’s boys in blue, any more than he would let the New York Knicks try to beat him up on the court and then cry foul to the NBA’s league office that he was at fault.
So Sefolosia went to court and cleared his name, rather than taking a plea deal of a single day of community service and admitting guilt, for having his ankle broken by the police.
Sefolosia told his complete story to GQ Magazine last year: