NEW YORK (AP) - Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday following an argument on the street near a Chelsea club that also led to the arrest of two Atlanta Hawks players, authorities said.
The violence broke out just before 4 a.m. Wednesday outside 1Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot where celebs like Justin Beiber and Snoop Dogg mingle with Manhattan partygoers. Police say the couple was arguing on the street as the attacker eavesdropped, and started to interfere. The dispute escalated until the 22-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and started slashing, police said.
Copeland, 31, a former member of the New York Knicks, was stabbed in the abdomen and his wife slashed in the arm and across the breast. The third woman was slashed in the abdomen. The victims were hospitalized and in stable condition, police said. The suspected attacker was in custody, and a knife was recovered at the scene.
Atlanta Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha were arrested on charges of obstructing the crime scene, after police said they blocked officers from trying to start their investigation. The players were in town to play the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclay's Center on Wednesday night and had arrived Tuesday evening after playing a night game in Atlanta.
Garin Narain, the Hawks vice president of public relations, said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday morning that the team is investigating the matter.
"We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning," Narain said. "We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time."
The Pacers were in town to play the Knicks; Copeland played with the Knicks during in the 2012-13 season. Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said the team was aware that Copeland had been injured.
"We are still gathering information and will update when we know more. Our thoughts are with Chris and those injured."
The nightclub had been cited at least 10 times for altercations and four times for noise in 2014, according to a New York Post report. Calls to club went unanswered Wednesday.
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Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) shoots around with his teammates before the start of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland (22) has his shot blocked by Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Indianapolis. Chicago won 92-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Pacers guard Chris Copeland shoots a free throw against the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Indiana won 107-103. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) poses for a portrait during the NBA basketball team's media day in Indianapolis, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland (22) in action during the second half in Game 5 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks Monday, April 28, 2014, in Indianapolis. Atlanta defeated Indiana 107-97. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland responds to a question during a news conference to introduce their newest free agent signee Monday, July 15, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland poses for a photograph during NBA basketball media day Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
New York Knicks' Chris Copeland (14) reacts during the second half of Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated New York 106-99. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
New York Knicks' Chris Copeland points to a teammate after sinking a basket during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Indiana Pacer's Chris Copeland (22) reacts as he looks at the scoreboard during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Indianapolis. The Suns defeated the Pacers 106-83. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)