Copeland stable after surgery, apologizes to Pacers, fans

Copeland stable after surgery, apologizes to Pacers, fans

Chris Copeland (rocky widner | nba/getty images)
Chris Copeland (rocky widner | nba/getty images)

The Indiana Pacers and Chris Copeland released statements today about the stabbing incident Copeland was a victim of, with the 6-9 forward apologizing for the decision that put himself in peril.

Copeland is in stable condition in New York’s Bellevue Hospital after surgery to repair stab wounds he sustained early Wednesday.

“… forward Chris Copeland underwent surgery Wednesday on his abdomen and left elbow for stab wounds sustained early Wednesday morning in New York City,” the Pacers’ statement reads. “He is in stable condition at a New York City hospital. At this point there is no timetable for how long he will remain in the hospital.”

Copeland’s statement: “I want to thank all the fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time. I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers for my bad choice at being out at that time. I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery.”

Copeland and his former fiancée, Katrine Saltara, were stabbed shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday in an attack outside the 1 OAK club, located in the Chelsea area of New York City. Copeland suffered a punctured diaphragm.

Shezoy Bleary-Murdock, suspect in stabbing of Chris Copeland and his former fiancée. (photo: alec tabak | new york daily news)

Police said the suspect, Shezoy Bleary-Murdock, 22, was arrested on felony assault and criminal weapons possession charges.

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