HoopsHype Fred Galloway rumors
As a team-building exercise during their week-long stay at Duke University during training camp, the Nets spent an evening taking in an advance screening of “Captain Phillips,” the new film starring Tom Hanks. “The movie was good,” said Fred Galloway, the Nets’ assistant director of team security. If anyone should know, it would be Galloway. Before joining the Nets before last season, Galloway spent six years working as an investigator on an FBI counter terrorism team, after working in the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division. New York Post
His team’s coverage territory included the Horn of Africa — and was the one called on to complete a mission to bring Hanks’ antagonist in the movie, pirate Abduwali Muse, back to the United States after the Navy SEALs had rescued Phillips from captivity. “I was at home, and I got [an email] that an American tanker ship, the Maersk Alabama, had been hijacked off the Coast of Aden, which was our responsibility,” said Galloway, who works with the Nets’ director of team security, Robert Masiello. “So, I had to put a team together and get out there.” New York Post
In addition to getting information out of Muse — who was later discovered to be involved in at least one other hijacking — there also were some lighter moments, including introducing the Somali pirate to American culture, on the trip back to Stuart Air Force Base. “A lot of people said that they didn’t understand why he was smiling [when he got off the plane],” Galloway said, laughing. “Well, I was telling him on the plane ride over that he’s going to be bigger than Elvis. He had no idea who Elvis was, so I showed him a picture … but when he stepped out of the truck, he saw about 300 news media people waiting for him and lit up.” New York Post
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