After surgery he issued a statement thanking supporters and apologizing for being out late on a game night.
“I just want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. I’m overwhelmed with the outpouring of support. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever. Thank you,” he said in a statement given to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Copeland sustained knife wounds to his abdomen and left elbow. A source told Anderson the knife blade touched his diaphragm. Also, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that Copeland fractured his elbow.
He is expected to remain in intensive care for two or three more days, the source told Anderson. Doctors wanted to clear the wound on Copeland’s elbow because they thought it could be open to infection. He also suffered lacerations to his left hand.
The man who attacked Copeland has been arrested. Two members of the Hawks, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, were also charged for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene.