Confrontation With Giants Fan Leads to Assault Charges for Fireman Ed

By Ben Fractenberg on September 24, 2010 10:12am 

Jets superfan Ed Anzalone was charged with assault after getting into a pushing match with a giants fan during a preseason game between the two teams.
Jets superfan Ed Anzalone was charged with assault after getting into a pushing match with a giants fan during a preseason game between the two teams.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Fireman Ed has been flagged for roughing.

The Jets most recognizable fan is accused of assaulting a Giants fan during a preseason game between New York City's favorite football teams at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Aug. 16.

Ed Anzalone, 51, allegedly got into a shoving match with Giants supporter Christopher Black, 29, during the first quarter of the game, the Daily News reported.

Anzaione — a former FDNY firefighter who is famous for starting the "J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!" chant — was shown in an ESPN broadcast jockeying for space with Black while the two were in the stands.

"He was angry that he got shoved down by Fireman Ed," Black's lawyer, Alexander Iler, told the News. "It was humiliating. Nobody likes getting assaulted on national TV."

Black, of Tinton Falls, N.J., was also charged with disorderly conduct after the incident.

They will both be back in court Oct. 27, according to the News.

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