A former member of the New York Knicks now playing for the Indiana Pacers was stabbed in the abdomen — and his wife slashed — during an argument at 1 OAK club in Chelsea early Thursday, cop sources said.
Chris Copeland’s attacker was arrested, and two other men, both of whom play for the Atlanta Hawks, were also booked for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene, the sources said.
A second woman was also stabbed amid the fracas, which happened shortly before 4 a.m., as the popular club on West 17th St. was preparing to close. An argument erupted as Copeland, the other victims and the suspect were leaving, the sources said.
The man who was arrested, Shezoy Bleary, 22, pulled out a knife and stabbed Copeland, 31, and slashed 28-year-old Katrine Saltara, described as Copeland’s wife, in the arm and leg, the sources said.
The second woman, 53, was slashed in the abdomen.
Copeland was in New York because the Pacers are playing the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. He and the other victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital and were in stable condition, the sources said.
When police arrived at the scene, they busted Bleary and recovered a knife, sources said. Charges against him were pending.