Jeffrey Gamblero Ejected : Nets superfan ejected, accused of using prosthetic leg as weapon

Updated: December 3, 2014
Jeffrey Gamblero Ejected : Nets superfan ejected, accused of using prosthetic leg as weapon

Jeffrey Gamblero Ejected from MSG, In what will go down as the most exciting moment of either team’s season, a well-known Nets fan was physically ejected from last night’s game against the Knicks. His prosthetic leg—which security guards said he had used to hit another fan, something disputed by multiple eyewitnesses—was left behind.

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“They grabbed him and pulled him out,” the security guard told the New York Daily News. “I don’t know if he was arrested but they got him out of there so he didn’t start a riot.”

However, an unidentified fan countered, “I saw what happened, He didn’t deserve to be thrown out. He was just into the game.”

Jeffrey Gamblero is a favorite at Nets games and is often shown on a Jumbotron at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I know he’s a big fan,” Nets player Alan Anderson told the New York Daily News. “I just looked up and saw what happened, that he was carried out. I don’t know what caused it. I know he’s a big fan for us, though.”

Jeffrey Gamblero reportedly lost the lower part of his left leg to an accident years ago.

Another fan named “Max” told that he witnessed the entire incident:

(Jeffrey Gamblero) was being his usual self, absolutely no cursing, no negative cheering, just dancing and loud cheering for the Nets. Never attacked a Knicks fan, never got out of hand.

After halftime a guard came up and told him to “cool down and just be a fan.” Obviously didn’t know who he was. He said what did I do wrong? Should I be quiet? They said no, just cool it down. He started loudly cheering FOR the Knicks doing “go New York go New York go,” etc. The guards came back and told him to stop. He said why? Is this a library?

Then the main guard on the floor gave the signal to kick him out. He would not leave. A guard then touched his leg and he said “ouch you’re hurting me I have a prosthetic leg.” He then took off the leg, which is when things escalated.

More and more guards surrounded him as he watched the game with his leg resting on his shoulder. They tried to get him to put his leg on, threatened to arrest him if he wouldn’t, but he wasn’t moving. He started saying “why are you doing this I just love basketball so much,” he was clearly overwhelmed. After about ten minutes, four guards grabbed him and carried him out as he screamed in pain. I am a lifelong Nets fan but regardless, this was one of the cruelest and most upsetting things I have ever seen.

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post quoted an unidentified Knicks spokesperson via Twitter, “…Jeffrey Gamblero was warned multiple times before being ejected, and that he won’t be allowed to come back to Madison Square Garden.”

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Knicks Stage a Comeback but Nets Hold Them Off at the Garden

In a game that both teams had to have, if only to keep their sanity, the Nets managed to hold on Tuesday night at the Garden, beating the crosstown Knicks, 98-93, in a contest that got interesting in the late stages.

Brooklyn (7-9) led by as much as 16, and appeared to have things well in hand until the Knicks, as they seemingly always do, turned up the intensity on their home floor after being booed by the Garden faithful during the third quarter.

Suddenly, New York (4-15) was able to string together some stops and force some turnovers to play their way back into the game.

By the finish, both clubs looked as desperate as they should have, given that the Nets came in having lost seven of their last nine games, and the Knicks entered having dropped 13 of their last 15 contests.

The game was exactly like a handful of others New York has lost this season, and it actually marked the fourth time this year that the Knicks have gotten within one possession in a contest that they previously trailed by 15 points or more, yet failed to tie or take the lead in.

Carmelo Anthony (20 points on 7-of-22 from the field), shooting an NBA-best 64.7% in clutch scenarios, couldn’t buy a basket once the Knicks drew within three points, and the Knicks’ comeback effort fell short.

To some extent, it was surprising that New York even managed to claw its way back in the contest, given how the Nets controlled the glass for much of the evening.

Showing the physical, determined play that coach Lionel Hollins had been waiting to see, Brooklyn grabbed a whopping 21 offensive rebounds.

Brook Lopez, who’s drawn Hollins’s ire at times, finished with a game-high 23 points after dominating in the post, while swingman Joe Johnson had 22 of his own.

Brooklyn began to pull away in the third, when it used a 28-19 run to push its lead to 13. Of course, it helped that the Knicks are one of just four teams with a worse third-quarter scoring differential than the Nets.

But the Knicks drew close, behind late perimeter shooting from Shane Larkin, Pablo Prigioni and Jose Calderon.

There was a bizarre moment in the final 20 seconds of play when, before Anthony misfired a potential game-tying triple, Knicks coach Derek Fisher tried to get a timeout on the sideline. The official either didn’t see Fisher, or chose not to grant it.

In either case, the Nets got a win that they desperately needed, while the Knicks will have to keep looking for a victory to lift themselves out of their funk.