NEW YORK (PIX11) — A popular Brooklyn Nets fan was carried out of Madison Square Garden Tuesday night by multiple security guards — leaving his prosthetic leg, clad in a neon-green Nike shoe, in the stands.
A security guard told The New York Daily News that the man, identified on social media as 38-year-old Nets “super fan” Jeffrey Gamblero, pulled off his prosthetic leg and hit another fan with it, sparking the ruckus.
The commotion began in the upper deck with five minutes left to play in the the third quarter of Brooklyn’s 98-93 win over the Knicks, according to the paper.
However, some fans at MSG dispute the security guard’s story and say the man was just into the game and didn’t deserve to be thrown out.
Gamblero is well-known to Nets players and fans alike, and is often shown dancing on the Barclays Center Jumbotron, always dressed in his signature eye-catching neon. Gamblero, formerly a prolific graffiti writer before launching a poker career, was profiled in the New York Times last month. Gamblero lost his leg when he was 21 years old in an unspecified incident, according to the piece.
Video of the ejection was posted to Instagram and Twitter by @jeigs, a NYC comedian named Jesse Eigner. It shows a man with a Gamblero Nets jersey being carried out of MSG by security guards without his prosthetic limb.
It’s unclear what preceded the clash with security, another witness posted a photo with the caption, “Only in NY will a fan remove his leg to stop security from kicking him out (it didn’t stop them).”