I really didn’t want to take away from the Knicks’ rather awesome win against the Rockets, but this thing just kept getting bigger, so I figure we have to address it:
From Dan Wolken:
In several interviews subsequent to Monday’s confrontation, which was captured on video and circulated on Twitter, Lee said he was accosted by security upon entering the building via the Garden’s 33rd Street employee entrance, which he has used every game for 28-plus years. When told he needed to leave and re-enter through a gate on 31st Street, Lee refused and invoked the name of Charles Oakley, the former Knicks great who was arrested and ejected from MSG after an incident in 2017.
Lee and Knicks owner James Dolan met at halftime of the game, but that wasn’t the end of it. Because these are the Knicks, after all, which means instead of finding a way to make up behind the scenes or simply apologize to their most famous fan, they were going to inevitably choose the thing that would needlessly escalate this story into a national debacle and further cement their reputation as the worst-run franchise, pound-for-pound, in all of professional sports.
After a Knicks spokesman told reporters Monday night that the mix-up was caused by Lee using the wrong entrance and that he and Dolan had hashed it out, Lee understandably pushed back. During an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take”, Lee said he was never informed about any changes to which entrance he was supposed to use and is done going to games the rest of this season.
“They never said when the thing changed, so why not call me?” Lee said. “When my deposit’s due for those astronomical prices for Knicks tickets and I’m one day late, my phone’s ringing off the hook. So if they change the thing, let me know! I’m being harassed by James Dolan and I don’t know why.”
Because we’re dealing with the Knicks rather than an organization that understands when it’s already lost the plot, they had to come back at Lee again with a statement Tuesday afternoon that read in part:
“The idea that Spike Lee is a victim because we have repeatedly asked him to not use our employee entrance and instead use a dedicated VIP entrance — which is used by every other celebrity who enters The Garden — is laughable. It’s disappointing that Spike would create this false controversy to perpetuate drama.”
Spike Lee gestures in a hallway at Madison Square Garden while arguing with security officers before the Knicks-Rockets game March 2.
This whole thing would be hilarious if it weren’t so pathetic, and the Knicks might have a point if their credibility hadn’t been blown on these kinds of petty vendettas before against other people with deep ties to the organization.
Dolan’s pathological resistance to ever letting something go is, well, you know, pathological.
He is such a dick. As long as he owns the Knicks, the franchise will be a joke. Just hopefully a joke that Leon Rose somehow also turns into a good team!