A man was punched in the head as he walked along Bedford Avenue last night, according to the NYPD. But was he a victim of the dread Knockout Game?
A police rep tells B+B it’s unclear what led a black woman in her 20s or 30s to strike a white man in his 20s as he walked in a Hasidic area of Williamsburg, near Taylor Street, around 10:20 p.m. The assailant — accompanied by a tall, slim man in a black jacket, also thought to be in his 20s — fled the scene and the victim refused medical attention, the police rep said.
The spokesperson also declined to say whether the attack could be categorized as a knockout incident, saying that police weren’t in the habit of using such terminology and it was “being investigated as the assault that it is.” But while the NYPD tries to ascertain whether the much ballyhooed “Knockout Game” is actually a thing, the Post is going ahead and calling this one. A relative of the victim, identified by the paper as 26-year-old Eli Leidner, says he’s sure Leidner was targeted because he was Jewish.
The Daily News and other outlets have counted as many as 10 recent knockout incidents, but as Runnin’ Scared points out, the practice is nothing new. The author of this post got sucker punched while crossing the Williamsburg Bridge in 2005. You can read about the gooning (seemingly the going terminology back then) over here.