James Dolan might be aware that former New York Knicks great Charles Oakley gave his two cents about Patrick Ewing being stopped by Madison Square Garden security when trying to enter the arena as Georgetown was set to play Villanova in the Big East Tournament, via Stefan Bondy of NY Daily News:
“This man (Dolan) offered you a D-League job. There’s no respect behind your name,” Oakley told the Daily News. “Why are you mad now because they asked you for your (credential)? When they offered you a D-League job that’s when the respect went out the window.”
Patrick Ewing, who scored the most points in franchise history and is the head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, was offered a D-league position by Dolan and the Knicks in 2012, an offer that he felt insulted by according to Bondy.
According to Ewing, anyone associated with the Knicks should know the name “Patrick Ewing”, via Bondy:
“I thought this was my building. And I feel terrible that I’m getting stopped, accosted, and asked for passes. Everybody in this building should know who the hell I am,” Patrick Ewing said. “And I’m getting stopped, I can’t move around this building and I’m like, ‘What the hell? Is this Madison Square Garden?’
Oakley commented on why Patrick Ewing was even confused when he was stopped, as he should have known that he had no respect from the Knicks organization, despite the success he brought to the team.
Patrick Ewing is not the only one who had trouble with MSG security, as Oakley himself was arrested for getting in an altercation with security. Bondy even mentioned legendary Knicks fan Spike Lee being stopped by MSG security. It’s about time MSG security be given a guide on who to let in without stopping them, or it won’t be too long before the team itself finds themselves being asked for ID.