A moment of silence tonight. #WeAreBrooklyn pic.twitter.com/xdtbEeapmr
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 17, 2014
The entire Brooklyn Nets roster wore neon “44” warm-up shirts with “Gamblero” on the back during their warm-ups before Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Heat, to honor Nets “super-fan” Jeffrey Gamblero, who passed away over the weekend after sustaining injuries from a two-story fall where he reportedly jumped out of a window.
The team also showed a one-minute video tribute to Gamblero before the start of the game with a moment of silence, and the shot clocks both read “44” during the national anthem and starting lineups. Here’s a snippet, via YES Network:
There were a host of tributes along with the video. Deron Williams wore neon sneakers:
The Brooklynnettes wore the shirts:
Tonight we dance for Jeffrey Gamblero. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/tpu8fWapAw
— Brooklynettes (@Brooklynettes) December 17, 2014
Gamblero, whose real name is Jeffrey Vanchiro, earned national fame two weeks ago in a game against the New York Knicks on December 5th. Video of his ejection, which showed him screaming as Madison Square Garden officials dragged him out of the arena without his prosthetic leg, went viral on the internet.
In the days following the incident, Gamblero’s fiance Kristi Evans said that he had become paranoid and erratic, according to a report from ESPN.com.
Nets players Deron Williams and Brook Lopez remembered Gamblero, who was a season ticket holder, fondly for his positive energy and dancing on Monday afternoon.