The Warriors fan who fell 50 feet from the second deck of Oracle Arena after Game 7 of the NBA Finals is awake and his family has released a video of him describing the shocking scenario that led to his fall.
Salvator Bimbo, a 21 year old father of two, states in the video that he was pushed by a Cavaliers fan just after the final buzzer sounded in the Cleveland's Game 7 victory. Salvator’s father recorded the video, asking his son to address rumors that he jumped off the ledge, which is located near the second level concession stands.
“I did not jump. I was pushed by a Cavaliers fan.”
Bimbo is currently in critical condition at the intensive care unit of Highland Hospital in Oakland. He has already undergone surgery on his elbow, and has several more surgeries scheduled. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the hospital expenses, which has raised $3,000 of its $25,000 goal so far.
Oakland police have not yet identified the individual who allegedly pushed Bimbo over the ledge, but the family has offered a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
Salvator’s father, Ronnie Bimbo, has spoken to local news regarding the incident.
“My son came from Los Angeles to come see the Warriors game. It was his dream to come to see a Warriors playoff game. My son’s dream turned into a nightmare.” The father went on to describe his son’s injuries. “My son’s cheekbone is smashed, his nose, his upper-eye, his head, his brain. He’s leaking from his ears blood. Not very good. He’s a beautiful young man. Did not deserve this.”
According to Salvator’s brother, who was also at the game, a fight broke out in the upper level and Salvator began to record it on his cell phone. During the altercation, a rival fan picked up Salvator’s legs and tossed him over the balcony.
Regardless of the team you root for, everyone around the league should be wishing for Salvator’s full recovery. This is a tragic example of how rivalries can be taken much too far, and it's something you never want to see surrounding any sport.
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