Thabo Sefolosha trial set for Oct. 5; Pero Antic charges dismissed

NEW YORK -- A court date in New York City will interrupt training camp for Thabo Sefolosha.

A Manhattan judge said that Sefolosha's jury trial to contest charges of resisting arrest will begin Oct. 5, after the Atlanta Hawks forward rejected an offer Wednesday for a conditional dismissal.

Sefolosha and then-Hawks teammate Pero Antic were arrested in Manhattan in the early hours of April 8 for interfering with the establishment of a crime scene after the stabbing of then-Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland outside a nightclub.

Sefolosha, who was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, suffered a broken right fibula and ligament damage at the scene of the arrest. He has said police inflicted the injuries.

On Wednesday, the district attorney's office dismissed the charges against Antic, who signed a two-year contract with Fenerbahce Ulker of Turkey over the summer.

The district attorney's office also offered Sefolosha an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, which essentially is an opportunity to dismiss his charges after six months, provided he performed a day of community service. But Sefolosha rejected the offer, opting to fight the charges before a jury.

"He's innocent and he wants to be vindicated," Sefolosha's attorney, Alex Spiro, said outside of the Manhattan courthouse.

Sefolosha declined to discuss the case Wednesday but said his broken fibula was healing well. He was unsure whether he'd be ready for training camp, set to begin later this month.

He acknowledged that having to return to New York on Oct. 5 -- in the middle of Atlanta's training camp -- isn't ideal.

"We tried to push it as much as we could. We're working with the system, so it's not just as if we could decide the date and they would accommodate it," Sefolosha said outside of court, flanked by National Basketball Players Association general counsel Gary Kohlman.

One potential key development for Sefolosha on Wednesday concerned the arresting officers' interviews before the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. Sprio will be granted the audio of those interviews, and the content will be admissible in court, Judge Kevin McGrath ruled.