The 37-year-old Upper East Side man disputed claims made by James Anastasio’s lawyer Saturday that the Rangers fan had been threatened before the caught-on-video sucker punch.
The victim, who says he suffered a fractured jaw and finger after trying to intervene in the incident, said he was walking near Anastasio and another man — also captured on the video with a shirt tucked in his pants pocket — as they all exited the Garden after the Rangers lost Thursday’s playoff game to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“The both of them almost fought somebody, you know, a few floors up as I was getting out of the luxury suite,” the victim said. “That’s where I entered into the same area as them and they were starting with anybody with the Lightning jersey on well before that incident went down.”
“They absolutely were looking to fight somebody and the Lightning fan that was hit [on the footage] was just the person that was there at the time. He did nothing wrong” the victim said of the man who was knocked out, adding that person had also been hit in the back with a beer can.