Apparently Spike Lee got the Charles Oakley treatment.
Prior to the beginning of the Knicks and Rockets game last night, die-hard Knicks fan, Spike Lee was denied into Madison Square Garden.
“I’m staying right here,” said Lee after being denied. “Now if you want to arrest me like (Charles) Oakley, then go ahead.”
The Do The Right Thing director was referring to an incident that occurred in 2017. Former Knicks player, Charles Oakley, was arrested and tossed after arguing with a fan.
Lee appeared on ESPN’s First Take this morning to speak on the incident. Upon entering and getting his ticket scanned, he was told to exit and re-enter, which he refused to do. The Brooklyn director has been a renowned Knicks fan for decades and continues to support the franchise despite its inconsistencies. After last night’s occurrences, the Knicks may have lost their lifelong cheerleader.
“I’m coming back next year, but I’m done for the season,” Lee said. “I’m done.”
Lee has spent almost $300K in Knicks tickets per year over the last 30 years.
The New York Knicks have been abysmal for quite some time now. The last time the basketball franchise was 2014. LeBron James was still in a Miami Heat uniform and Kevin Durant won MVP while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Talk about eons ago.
The Knicks defeated the Houston Rockets 125-123 but took an L in another aspect of their franchise. The Knicks have since responded to Lee’s comments with a statement.
“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 enter The Garden- is laughable.”
Peep the rest of the statement below.