• Thabo Sefolosha, second from left, leaves criminal court in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The professional basketball player was about to give a handout to a man asking for money when police officers took him to the ground and arrested him, a former teammate testified Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Hawks coach: Sefolosha’s character ‘of the highest order’

    NEW YORK (AP) — A jury began deliberating in the criminal case against NBA player Thabo Sefolosha on Thursday, six months after he was arrested outside a trendy nightclub following a confrontation with police.

  • In this photo from Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, center, leaves a courthouse in New York.  Sefolosha plans to fight charges he blocked officers from setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland  outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

    NYC trial starts for NBA player charged in clash with police

    NEW YORK (AP) — A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player’s arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.