INDIANAPOLIS - A 22-year-old man has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the stabbing of Indianapolis Pacers player Chris Copeland outside a New York City nightclub.

Shevoy Bleary was arraigned Thursday in Manhattan criminal court. His lawyer had no immediate comment on the charges.

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Authorities say Bleary was outside the 1Oak Club early Wednesday when he overheard Copeland and a girlfriend arguing and got involved. They say he stabbed Copeland in the stomach and the woman in the breast and backside. A woman with Bleary also was slashed.

Prosecutors say Bleary had a switchblade and gave it to the police officers who responded to the violence.

The Pacers say Copeland is in stable condition following surgery on his abdomen and elbow.