New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board says police had no right to arrest Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) outside a trendy nightclub in April.

Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons defends Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The New York Times ( ) says the police watchdog agency also ruled Monday that officers didn't use excessive force when his leg was broken in a struggle.

Sefolosha's attorney, Alex Spiro, says they're pleased the board found his arrest to be "completely unlawful."

Sefolosha was acquitted in October of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Prosecutors had said he disobeyed police orders to clear the street after another NBA player was stabbed outside the club on April 8.

The department says it hasn't received the ruling. The board is an independent city agency with subpoena power. Its proceedings and reports are not public.

Sefolosha's injury caused him to miss the playoffs.

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