A Rangers fan is seen on video sucker-punching a Lightening fan, knocking him out completely and prompting calls for security. As it turns out, the Rangers fan was worried that a video like this would end up all over the Internet, which is exactly what happened. He was also banned for life from Madison Square Garden.
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The Rangers fan who knocked out a rival Tampa Bay Lightning supporter at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night told police hours later he was worried the attack would go viral, it was revealed at his arraignment.
The Rangers fan revealed his fears of the video going all over the Internet when he was facing his arraignment for the attack.
NY Post reported: “This may be on the Internet. Oh f—k,” 29-year-old James Anastasio said to an officer at the Midtown South Precinct after he was caught on camera sucker-punching the victim in the hallway of The Garden after the game ended, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Hannah Dionne said at the early Saturday morning hearing.
The Lightning fan was left unconscious on the concourse floor and video of the brutal beatdown did indeed make its rounds on the internet. Anastasio, of Staten Island, was freed on supervised release at his arraignment and ordered to stay away from the Lighting fan he allegedly assaulted and a second man he’s accused of attacking after that man tried to stop him from fleeing.”
As it turns out, punching a rival fan is not the best idea.
The video was originally posted by Scott Kaplan.