Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty on Friday in a case stemming from a police incident outside a New York City nightclub in April.
Sefolosha, 31, was arrested and charged on April 8 with obstructing governmental administration, refusing to clear the area of a crime scene, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct following an argument that resulted in the stabbing of Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland.
A Manhattan jury deliberated for about an hour and found Sefolosha not guilty of all charges.
"They were on the side of truth and justice today. ... I'm just happy all this is over now and I can put this behind me, knowing my name has been cleared," Sefolosha told reporters.
Sefolosha, who wiped his eyes with a tissue after the verdict was announced, could consider filing a civil suit against the New York Police Department, but "I haven't made a decision on that."
Sefolosha sustained a season-ending fibula fracture during his arrest and blamed the NYPD for his injury.
"They arrested him," Sefolosha's attorney, Alex Spiro, said in his closing argument. "They broke his leg out of eyeshot or earshot of an unrelated crime scene."
According to the New York Times, Sefolosha turned down a plea bargain that would have resulted in the charges being dropped if he did a day of community service and stayed out of trouble for six months.
TMZ had published a video that it said showed five officers surrounding Sefolosha at the scene and trying to take hold of him. The video appeared to show one officer grabbing Sefolosha by the back of the neck before bringing him down to the ground.
Copeland suffered a knife wound to his left elbow and abdomen in the incident outside the nightclub. He also had a fractured elbow that required surgery.
Sefolosha averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists last season before being sidelined by the injury.
Sefolosha, who still isn't fully healed from his surgery, continues to undergo rehab as the NBA season starts Oct. 27.
"I've started running and playing a little bit more; it's starting to feel better, but I don't know exactly," Sefolosha said Friday of his prognosis. "I hope I still have a long career ahead of me."