BOSTON (AP) – Boston Celtics point guard Sebastian Telfair said someone stole a $50,000 chain from his neck while he and his fiancee stood outside a New York City nightclub on Monday night.

“It’s the first time something like that has happened to me,” he said before Wednesday’s exhibition game against the New Jersey Nets. “I was alone, just me and my fiancee, enjoying ourselves and an unfortunate situation happened.”

Telfair said that he and his fiancee had left Justin’s at about 10 p.m., hours before rapper Fabolous was shot in the thigh outside the nightclub.

Because police suspected that the rapper’s entourage might have been involved, detectives had Telfair view police lineups with the men. He failed to identify any of them.

“My situation with the case is over,” Telfair said. “I fully ccoperated with police of New York City. I gave them what happened and I’m done with it.”

The Celtics said Telfair left Tuesday night’s game against the New York Knicks because he was sick, but on Wednesday said he left early to talk to police.

“We were trying to protect Sebastian,” said Celtics executive director of basketball operations, Danny Ainge.

The rapper’s attorney, Alberto Ebanks, suggested that Telfair, a Brooklyn native, and Fabolous were victims of assailants targeting the club’s high-profile clientele.

Justin’s is owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs.


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