EXCLUSIVE: NBA star Thabo Sefolosha – I’m a Little Busy with NBA Season, Pleas with Judge to Skip Conference in Battle with NYPD over Alleged Violent Arrest
The Dirty can exclusively reveal NBA star Thabo Sefolosha is pleading with the judge presiding over his lawsuit with the NYPD – over an alleged violent arrest outside a NY nightclub – to let him skip a settlement conference due to him being a little busy playing for the Atlanta Hawks.
Last year, the NBA star sued 5 NYPD officers involved in a violent arrest outside a NYC nightclub.
He explained the incident caused him to suffer severe injuries including a broken fibula and ligament damage. Sefolosha believed the incident was a racial matter and referenced his African descent and the hoodie he was wearing that night.
Sefolosha was charged with obstructing justice, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct … but was later cleared of all charges. He sued seeking up to $50 million in damages.
The NYPD and officers fired back denying they violently arrested the NBA star. They blamed him for any injuries due to his own negligent conduct. They demanded the suit be thrown out.
Recently, the judge ordered the NBA star and the defendants to appear at a settlement conference to attempt to settle the case before a trial.
Sefolosha then filed docs pleading with the judge to allow him to skip physically attending the conference in New York … rather allowing him to be on the telephone in the meeting. He explains he is in the midst of the NBA’s basketball season and his professional obligations prevent him from traveling to NY.