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Telfair considered a witness in shooting

Celtics point guard Sebastian Telfair found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time while dining with his fiancee Monday night at Justin's Restaurant in New York City, according to a league source. While eating dinner, Telfair parked his car in front of the restaurant. At around 10 p.m., a restaurant employee asked Telfair to move his car. Telfair took his car to a nearby parking garage.

According to the league source, on his way back to the restaurant, Telfair had a gold chain ripped from his neck by a group of four men. The four men also harrassed Telfair, making him nervous. Telfair then called a friend for help, asking that he and his fiancee be escorted back to the parking lot. Telfair and his fiancee soon left the area.

A few hours later, the rapper Fabolous was shot in the leg at the same parking garage where Telfair had parked his car. According to the league source, New York police believe one of the four men who harrassed Telfair was the shooter. The police consider Telfair a witness in the matter, and asked him to view a lineup. When asked to confirm whether Telfair looked at a lineup, NYPD spokesman, sergeant Kevin Hayes said, "We're not going to confirm any people we may be talking to during the course of the investigation unless it leads to an arrest."

According to reports out of New York City, Telfair looked at the lineup during the second half of last night's game between the Celtics and Knicks at Madison Square Garden, though coach Doc Rivers told reporters the point guard missed the second half due to a stomach ailment. Judging from the comments made by the players after the game, they were unaware of the circumstances surrounding Telfair's second-half absence.

Given how well known Telfair is in New York City, it appears the Celtics attempted to cover up the news, or at least delay its reporting until they returned to Boston. Telfair was raised in Coney Island, gaining national attention for his play at Lincoln high school.

"Last night, we were in the process of getting more information," said Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "We wanted to do that before we addressed it publicly."

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