Indiana Pacer's forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen outside a Manhattan nightclub last night. His wife was stabbed in the arm and slashed, and another woman who was also stabbed is 'stable'.

The crime's reported to have happened after Copeland and his wife started arguing outside the club and another group intervened. The alleged assailant is 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary.

Two Atlanta Hawks players were arrested at the scene for obstruction, but later released.