A Rangers fan was banned from attending future events in Madison Square Garden after a video of him punching a Lightning fan during the Easter Conference Finals Game 5 went viral.
The video shot inside one of MSG’s concourses captured the moment the enraged fan threw a punch as spectators exited the arena following Tampa Bay’s 3–1 win on Thursday. While the two-minute clip did not show the events leading up to the seemingly unprovoked punch, the immediate aftermath shows dozens of fans tending to the victim who laid motionless on the floor.
MSG officials released a statement in the wake of Thursday’s viral assault, saying the the perpetrator has been banned from the arena for life for his actions which they deemed as “abhorrent assault.”
“Last night, an abhorrent assault took place against a Tampa Bay fan at the conclusion of the game-followed by a second assault against an individual who bravely intervened.
“First, we ensured the victims received appropriate medical care and have followed up to provide support from our guest services team. Equally important, we are cooperating fully with law enforcement as this is now a criminal matter. The assailant will also be banned from The Garden and all other MSG venues for life.
“All guests- no matter what team they support- should feel safe and respected in The Garden. This has and always will be our policy.”
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