Gay couple attacked outside Madison Square Garden

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Cops are investigating whether a broad daylight attack on a gay couple in front of Madison Square Garden was a hate crime.

They want your help identifying the man in the surveillance footage.

Cops believe he may have been part of a group of men that attacked two men walking in front of the arena Sunday evening as the Knicks played the Pacers inside.

The victims say a group of men in Knicks jerseys knocked them to the ground and began shouting homophobic slurs at them while kicking and punching them.

City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn released a statement Tuesday saying, “I am appalled by reports of a gay bashing in Midtown Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. Hateful assaults like these are an affront to everything our great City stands for and I urge the perpetrators to turn themselves in immediately. I also implore anyone who may have witnessed or recorded footage of the attack to come forward to the authorities at once.”

If you have any information on the attacks, you can call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-313-TIPS. All calls remain confidential.