Video footage from last year shows the Jacksonville killing suspect playing and telling garbage at a Bills-sponsored Madden tournament in Buffalo – which he managed to win, despite being a seventh seed.
“I don’t consider myself a seventh seed,” boasted David Katz aka “Bread” after a 41-7 victory over a No.2 seed.
“I personally think I’m one of the best players – and I like to let my game prove it,” he said.
Katz, 24, was allegedly involved in a shootout at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. On Sunday after losing a game.
Part of the midday chaos – which left two dead and several injured – was captured on live video and later posted to YouTube. The images are similar to those recorded in Buffalo last year.
In this tournament, Katz traveled from her home in Columbia, Maryland, to compete for a chance to play in the Madden Club Series championship in Burbank, California. He eventually won the round of the Bills Madden Club, but then lost in the quarterfinals of the Cali tournament.
“I understand the game very well,” boasted Katz before playing the second seed in the Buffalo tournament.
“My opponent probably should have called his timeouts,” he said confidently after winning. “I took advantage of the fact that he didn’t.”
When asked if he was nervous, Katz said: “Honestly, I felt like I had the ball most of the game … I wasn’t really overdoing it in defense.”
The young man committed suicide on Sunday shortly after his rampage, cops said.
Players told WJAX-TV that Katz was defeated by two different players in the two-day Jacksonville tournament.
“He’s a well-known competitor,” said one player, who said he beat Katz on Saturday.
“[He was here] all weekend, ”the man said. “He had sunglasses on, he didn’t talk to anyone. Even after we played… I went to shake his hand and just say good game to him and he just looked at me. He said nothing.
Katz reportedly wore the exact same outfit for both days of the tournament.
“I mean, you obviously don’t need to change your clothes if you were already getting ready to do something like this,” said the other player.
Prior to playing on Sunday, Katz was touted by Madden advertisers as “a businessman” who “stays for himself.”
“You’re not going to see a lot of emotion,” said one announcer worryingly. “He’s not here to make friends.