Jeffrey Gamblero, the one-legged Nets fan shown screaming above while being carried off by Madison Square Garden Security, was apparently dancing in the aisle before the incident.
None of that looked ejection-worthy — if done during timeouts. If sitting behind Gamblero, that act would have grown tired quickly during game action.
It’s also obviously possible not all Gamblero’s antics were filmed. But Maya Ponzini, who shot the above videos, said there wasn’t much more to see:
“He was dancing and yelling,” Ponzini told NJ Advance Media via email. “If he wasn’t dancing, he was yelling, vice versa. He only made two interactions with other people watching the game, but they were very friendly. Some people complained about him (he was standing up and moved a few rows up). Security came and he was very sarcastic. When the guard asked him to be quiet, he stood up and yelled something and then asked the guard if that was okay.”
She added that after Gamblero put his prosthetic leg on his head, security arrived as fans around him chanted, “Let him stay!”
“Honestly, there was more of a disturbance once security came, and it was awful the way they dragged him out,” said Ponzini
After the game, the Knicks released a statement. Via ESPN:
“An unruly fan was ejected after MSG security received multiple complaints from fans sitting in that area,” the Knicks said via a team spokesperson. “The fan was warned multiple times before being removed. He will not be permitted back into Madison Square Garden.”