Why NBA Players Shouldn’t Get into Bar Fights

Hawks star Sefolosha ended his season with a bar-fight-induced broken ankleBy now, you’ve almost certainly heard about the fact that Indiana Pacers’ forward Chris Copeland was stabbed just outside an NYC nightclub last week.

But what you may not have heard is that, during the same incident, two Atlanta Hawks' players, Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic, were arrested after a scuffle with police outside the club.

During the arrest, Sefolosha suffered an injury; after x-rays and MRIs, it was revealed he had a fractured fibula (broken ankle) as well as ligament damage. The Swiss player will require surgery to repair his injury and will be out for the rest of the season, just as his team prepares for its playoff run.

In my mind, all I can say is: what a waste. As it is, basketball is a risky sport and players engage in their sport at a constant risk of getting season-ending injuries. Between the impact of jumping, the twists, turns and short stops, a foot or ankle injury is just one wrong step away for NBA stars. It’s bad enough if you get knocked out of play because of a play gone wrong, but to put your career at risk over a bar fight? Just stupid, in my humble opinion.

Broken ankles are serious business. If you are dealing with a fractured fibula or any other broken bone in the foot, toes or ankle, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider immediately.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.