A Brooklyn Nets superfan has reportedly died after jumping from a second story window in New York City.
You might remember Jeffrey Vanchiro — also known as Jeffrey Gamblero — as being the one-legged man who was unceremoniously ejected from Madison Square Garden during a Knicks-Nets game in early December. (RELATED: Garden Security Steal Nets Fan’s Prosthetic Limb, Literally Throw Him Onto The Street)
Those close to Vanchiro stated that the ejection took a serious toll on the 38-year-old’s mental health. “He was paranoid. He was erratic,” a friend told New York Daily News. “He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. He was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all. When he would sleep, or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 or 15 minutes before he would jump up screaming covered in sweat.”
This is not a good look for Madison Square Garden and the Knicks’ organization, especially considering the multiple eye-witness accounts of Vanchiro’s unwarranted ejection.
While sources claim that Vanchiro struggled with mental health issues his entire life, I feel confident that the stress he faced following the Garden incident will still lead to a nasty lawsuit between his family and the Knicks.
Needless to say, this is a sad ending to a bizarre story.