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Brooklyn Nets pay tribute to late superfan Jeffrey Gamblero before game (video)


The Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday before its game against the Miami Heat paid tribute team superfan Jeffery Gamblero, who tragically died Sunday at the age of 38.

With his fiancée Kristi Evans in attendance, the Nets honored Gamblero’s memory with a short video tribute, showcasing how he would often dance in the aisles to pump up his fellow fans. A statement read by the Barclays Center public address announcer followed.

“We love you Jeffrey,” someone yelled following the tribute, per a New York Daily News report.

Nets players also donned shirts bearing Gamblero’s name on the back during warm-ups. Members of the Nets’ “Hype Squad” also sported the shirts, featuring a neon green No. 44, which was the same number Gamblero had on his Nets jersey.

A moment of silence was held before tip-off.

“I know Jeff would be so happy to see all the love that people are giving him today,” Evans told the Daily News before the game. “I feel like all the love that they’re giving me today is all the love that he’s given them and (the players) said it best. He’s not a fan. He’s family and that’s how they’re making me feel right now and it’s really comforting and I’m completely floored by the shirts.”

Gamblero died following a fall out of second-story window Sunday. This followed an unfortunate event that occurred a few weeks earlier when Gamblero was removed from a Nets-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2, waving his prosthetic leg in protest as security carried him away from his seat.

Video of the incident went viral and Gamblero later told the Daily News that he suffered “bumps and bruises and lumps” as a result of his removal, which he said was precipitated by him only being “being a regular fan.” He also reported that he visited a hospital following the incident and was given medication.

Evans said Gamblero’s behavior took a noticeable change for the worse following the incident. She also stated Tuesday that her fiancée had been mistreated, although noting that she was unaware of any pending legal action.

“You don’t treat a fan like that and you don’t treat a human being like that,” Evans said. “But as far as a lawsuit goes, there’s really nothing I can say. I don’t know. It’s a little bit too soon. It’s up to the family. And since I’m not legally his wife it wouldn’t involve me anyway. So it depends on what they decide.”

(photo credit: Robert Sabo/New York Daily News)