Thabo Sefolosha to Sue NYPD for $50 Million Over Broken Leg

Thabo Sefolosha

Thabo Sefolosha to Sue NYPD for $50 Million Over Broken Leg

Atlanta Hawks guard says he experienced "permanent" injury.

Published October 21, 2015

Beating criminal charges against him wasn't enough.

Thabo Sefolosha wants the NYPD and New York City to pay for breaking his left leg in a wild April incident outside a nightclub.

The New York Post is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks' guard plans to sue the city and eight police officers involved in the incident for up to $50 million, claiming "permanent" injuries. The tabloid quotes a legal notice filed with New York City's comptroller in which Sefolosha claims physical “damages are permanent in nature and continuing into the future.”

Two weeks ago, when Sefolosha was found not guilty of obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in the April incident, which also left then-Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland stabbed, the Hawks guard didn't rule out civil action against the city and police. Now, we know that he will reportedly go through with those plans.

Sefolosha's attorneys said the police profiled him as a "Black man in a hoodie," before using unnecessary force to arrest the innocent player. After suffering a broken leg, Sefolosha was robbed of the opportunity to help the Hawks during their playoff run.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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