NEW YORK (AP) A former teammate of a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub says his friend was giving money to a homeless man when he was taken to the ground by police officers.

Ex-Atlanta Hawks power forward Pero Antic testified Tuesday in the Manhattan trial of Thabo Sefolosha (sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh).

Antic says he was also taken to the ground and handcuffed by police after he touched an officer on the shoulder and asked why his friend was being arrested.

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Sefolosha has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges stemming from the April 8 confrontation with police. Charges against Antic have been dropped.

Prosecutors say Sefolosha disobeyed orders when officers tried to clear the area following a stabbing.