Former NBA player Pero Antic has filed a lawsuit against the city of New York and its police department after being wrongfully arrested last April 2015. The ex-Atlanta Hawks center is seeking $25 million, the highest amount he can get based on the state’s Notice of Claim.
The 14-page lawsuit was filed last Friday with Antic’s attorney, Alex Spiro, listing assault, battery, civil rights’ violations, false arrest, malicious prosecution, negligence and unlawful imprisonment as the basis of the complaint.
“The NYPD has all but conceded that they falsely and improperly arrested Pero Antic. They will now be held responsible,” Spiro told ESPN.
Pero Antic was arrested on April 8, 2015, along with teammate Thabo Sefolosha. They were outside a club during a stabbing incident on former New York Knicks player, Chris Copeland. The NYPD made the arrest because the players were allegedly interfering with the crime scene.
The 33-year-old Macedonian basketball player was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration and second-degree harassment, per New York Daily News. However, those charges were dropped Assistant District Attorney Francesca Bartolomey last September because Antic did not cause injury to NYPD officers.
On the other hand, Sefolosha suffered a broken leg during his arrest causing him to miss all of the last seasons. According to ESPN, the current Hawks guard is also planning to file a lawsuit against the city and NYPD, but is seeking $50 million.
A New York jury also acquitted Sefolosha of all charges last October. “This is just an incredible moment just to be able to clear my name of everything. I want to thank the jury for the verdict that they reached,” Sefolosha said after the trial.
The 31-year-old is back to playing with the Hawks and is showing no signs of his injury. Pero Antic is out of the NBA, but still plays basketball for Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Basketball League. The NYPD did not give any comments regarding the lawsuit.
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