Pero Antic, power forward for the Atlanta Hawks, was arrested on Wednesday morning at 1 OAK club in Chelsea after Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and his wife were reportedly stabbed. Antic, 32, was expected to start against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday evening.
According to the Daily News, Copeland, 31, was stabbed in the abdomen during an argument with suspect Shezoy Bleary, 22. Bleary has been arrested.
Copeland’s wife, Katrine Saltara, was also stabbed. A second woman, who was with Bleary, Catherine Somani, was also slashed during the altercation.
Both Copeland and Saltara are in stable condition, the Daily News’ sources said. Somani was also listed as stable.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was Charged With Obstructing the Police Investigation
According to the Daily News, Antic was accused of refusing the move during the initial police investigation after the stabbing. The player is charged with obstructing governmental administration. Antic’s teammate, Thabo Selolosha, shooting guard, was also charged with obstruction.
The Atlanta Hawks are scheduled to play the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday evening in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 7:30 pm ET.
2. He’s From Macedonia
Antic was born in Skopje, Macedonia (formerly Yugoslavia). He also holds Bulgarian citizenship. The player has a tattoo on the Macedonian flag on his chest.
He began his basketball career in his home country, playing for the Rabotnicki Skopje. Antic has had stints in Russia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia.
Antic also captained the Macedonian national team to the semifinals of the 2011 FIBA EuroBasket 2011, the European Basketball Championship. Macedonia lost to Spain, who would go on to win the championship for the second year in a row, 92-80.
His performance in EuroBasket 2011 earned him a spot in Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus. With Olympiacos, Antic won two Euroleague championships and a Greek League championship. He played with the team from 2011-2013, before being transferred to the NBA to play for the Atlanta Hawks.
3. He Debuted in the NBA in 2013
After a 15-year career in European basketball leagues, Antic made his debut with the Atlanta Hawks in 2013. Atlanta signed the 6-foot-11, 210-pound forward for a two-year contract.
General Manager Paul Ferry said of Antic, “Pero is a skilled and versatile big man who will add depth to our frontcourt. He will fit in well with what we’re building and we’re excited to add him to the team.”
Antic’s first season with the Hawks was a successful one, helping the team clinch the last playoff seed in the Eastern Conference during the 2013-2014. He also earned a spot in the Rising Star Challenge game in the 2014 NBA All-Star in New Orleans. Antic was unable to participate due to an injury to his right ankle. He was replaced by the Phoenix Suns’ Miles Plumlee.
4. He Is Married to Ruzica Antic and Has Two Sons
Antic married Ruzica (pictured above), who is also Macedonian, in 2006.
They have two sons, Luka and Pavel. Below is a picture of the boys from Ruzica’s Instagram:
5. His Net Worth Is an Estimated $3 Million