Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha settled his lawsuit against the New York Police Department over an altercation in April 2015 that left him with a broken leg for $4 million, USA TODAY Sports has confirmed.
Nicholas Paolucci, a spokesperson for the New York City Law Department (NYCLD), said a deal in the lawsuit that originally sought $50 million had been reached.
"This settlement is not a concession that Mr. Sefolosha was blameless in this matter and there was no admission of liability by the defendants, but in light of the gravity of his injuries, the potential impact on his career as a professional athlete and the challenge for a jury in sorting out the facts in this incident, the resolution of the case was in the best interests of the city," the NYCLD said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports and other outlets.
Sefolosha sustained a broken fibula along with ligament damage to his knee and ankle when he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. It took a jury 45 minutes to acquit Sefolosha at trial in in October 2015.
“Police have a tough job,” Sefolosha said after his acquittal. “And big responsibility with that job. But at the same time, they have to be accountable for how they interact with people. People spoke about the training, and that's probably a good place to start."
TMZ was the first outlet to report a deal had been reached in the lawsuit.