Legendary film director and New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee is incredibly disappointed with Madison Square Garden officials.
Lee slammed MSG after security throughout the building failed to recognize Knicks legend and Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing ahead of the Hoyas' upset of the Villanova Wildcats in the Big East Tournament on Thursday.
Spike said the incident is a bad look especially for the Knicks in a season where so much has gone right for New York's basketball franchise. He also said he called Ewing, who was appalled at the purported “disrespect.”
Spike Lee rips MSG for disrespecting Patrick Ewing. pic.twitter.com/WD9xV2gpH2
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Ewing told reporters he was constantly stopped during walks through MSG despite being a Knicks legend:
“I thought this was my building and I feel terrible that I'm getting stopped, accosted, asking for passes. Everybody in this building should know who the hell I am,” Ewing said, via CBS News. “And I'm getting stopped. I can't move around this building like, I was, like, what the hell? Is this Madison Square Garden? I'm going to have to call Mr. Dolan and say geez, is my number in the rafters or what?”
The fallout was so large because of Ewing's place in Knicks history.
Ewing was the team's first overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft. The former Georgetown star went on to play 15 of his 17 seasons with the Knicks, making 11 All-Star teams and seven All-NBA teams. He is regarded by many as the greatest Knicks ever. Clearly, not everyone in MSG was aware of his prominence on Thursday afternoon.
Lee himself is no stranger to MSG issues. He said last March he was done attending Knicks games, alleging harassment on the part of team owner James Dolan.