According to ESPN, former Atlanta Hawk Center Pero Antic filed a civil lawsuit Friday against the New York Police Department stemming from an April 8, 2015 incident outside of Manhattan nightclub 1Oak, where Antic and then-teammate Thabo Sefolosha were arrested.
According to the New York Post, the lawsuit claims that “[Antic] was arrested for simply standing on the sidewalk and being witness to unlawful NYPD actions.” Antic’s attorney, Alex Spiro, had this to say about the incident: “The NYPD has all but conceded that they falsely and improperly arrested Pero Antic. They will now be held responsible.”
Antic’s lawsuit includes causes of action for false arrest, unlawful imprisonment, assault, batter, negligence, civil rights violations and malicious prosecution.
Antic was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration and harassment. All charges against him were dropped in September.
ESPN is also reporting that Sefolosha will file a similar lawsuit this week. After Sefolosha rejected a plea offer that would have dismissed the case in exchange for one day of community service, he was found not guilty of obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct, and assault in October.
For a more in-depth look at the potential Sefolosha lawsuit and what damages he may seek, check out this article I wrote for Bleacher Report last fall
UPDATE: Here is the full complaint: