Nick Mangold approached by security during Rangers playoff game
Nick Mangold apparently is quite the rabid New York Rangers fan and his passion for the NHL team was on full display while attending a Game 3 showdown Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
The New York Jets offensive lineman, regaled in a Rangers sweater and seated behind the Penguins’ bench, reportedly became so disruptive during the game that he was confronted by arena security due to his antics, per a New York Post report.
The behavior exhibited by Mangold during the game apparently became too much to ignore when the Penguins took the ice ahead of the third period. Security then approached the Jets player “a few times,” per a Post source, and told him to calm down.
The main targets of Mangold’s ire were Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet and Sidney Crosby, and included pointing at them while leaning over the railing to “talk trash.”
Security tells out-of-control Rangers fan Nick Mangold to calm down https://t.co/wUf4MSaiON pic.twitter.com/opWNyieId7
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) April 20, 2016
The Rangers declined to comment on the situation, but when asked about what occurred, Magnold feigned ignorance, saying, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
This is the second time in recent months that Mangold’s behavior at a Rangers game attracted attention. He was similarly demonstrative during a game against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 5.
Interestingly, the Penguins actually scored a goal while Mangold was fully engaged in trash-talking their bench (via Bob’s Blitz):
@nickmangold taunting the Pens bench….as they score a goal. pic.twitter.com/2c8E0ZxyXb
— Jeff Liwacz (@sumthngfishy) April 20, 2016
Mangold’s histrionics aside, of particular interest to Jets fans was that the Jets offensive lineman was joined at the game by teammate Eric Decker and free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Decker, who earlier this week professed his desire for Fitzpatrick to rejoin the Jets despite a protracted contract stalemate, posted a video to Instagram featuring the three football players.
The trio reportedly received a welcoming cheer from their fellow Rangers fans during the first period.
The Rangers ultimately lost the critical playoff game by a score of 3-1 to go down 2-1 in the first-round series.
(top image via Barstool Sports/Twitter)