Chris Copeland apologizes for being out late

A day after he was stabbed at about 4 a.m. in New York, Pacers reserve expresses remorse about his 'bad choice.'

As Chris Copeland recovers from surgery in a New York City hospital, he is remorseful for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Indiana Pacers reserve forward apologized Thursday for his “bad choice” to be out at about 4 a.m., when he was stabbed outside a nightclub Wednesday morning.

“I want to thank all the fans, friends, teammates, coaches and the Pacers organization for their support and prayers during this time,” Copeland said, in a statement released by the team.

“I also want to apologize to everyone, particularly the NBA and the Pacers, for my bad choice of being out at that time. I am doing as well as can be expected and I will work hard to make a full recovery.”

Copeland, 31, underwent surgery on his abdomen and left elbow, the team announced, and is in stable condition.

“At this point, there is no timetable for how long he will remain in the hospital,” the Pacers’ release advised.

Before the Pacers beat the New York Knicks 102-86 Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, head coach Frank Vogel suggested Copeland would stay for at least a few days.

Copeland and his former fiancee, Katrine Saltara, were involved in an argument that continued outside the 1OAK club, according to numerous reports. That’s when the alleged suspect, Shezoy Bleary, 22, reportedly stabbed the player and the woman as well as another woman, Catherine Somani.

None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. Saltara was taken to the same hospital as Copeland and is in stable condition. Somani was taken to Lenox Hill hospital.

Charges were pending against Bleary. A club statement informed that Copeland’s driver subdued Bleary until police arrived and placed him under arrest. A knife believed to be used in the attack was recovered at the scene.

The Pacers (35-43) visit the Detroit Pistons (30-48) Friday night.

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