Judge Drops Charges Against NBA Star Thabo Sefolosha Six Months After Arrest

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Sefolosha's leg was broken during the confrontation, forcing him to end his season early.

Atlanta Hawks wing Thabo Sefolosha has a clean record after a New York judge acquitted him of all charges following an alleged altercation with the NYPD last spring.

According to the Associated Press, the Switzerland native Sefolosha was leaving a popular New York nightclub when fellow athlete Chris Copeland was stabbed. Police claim that Sefolosha was ordered to leave the crime scene, but when he didn't, he was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and a misdemeanor obstructing government administration. The arrest left Sefolosha with a broken leg, rendering him unable to complete the NBA season. 

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Sefolosha's attorneys argued that the athlete was targeted because of his race (police reportedly ignored Sefolosha's White peers), and last week, a judge overturned all charges against him.

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"[The jury was] on the side of truth and justice today," he told the AP. "I'm just happy all this is over now, and I can put this behind me, knowing my name has been cleared."

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