One of the biggest New York Knicks fans out there, director Spike Lee, was denied access into Madison Square Garden on Monday.
However, Lee was able to get in later:
— BroTalkLive (@BroTalkLivePod) March 3, 2020
After video circulated of Spike Lee being allegedly asked to leave Madison Square Garden, Lee is currently sitting court side. More to come….
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) March 3, 2020
Spike Lee is here sitting courtside watching the Knicks game. There was a disagreement over which entrance he could use. He was not kicked out.
— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) March 3, 2020
This is yet another bad look for the Knicks, who officially hired former NBA agent Leon Rose as their new president of basketball operations on Monday.
How are the Knicks going to treat Spike Lee, their biggest celebrity fan, like they did Charles Oakley? It’s hard to see that happening, but then again, anything owner James Dolan does is crazy.
Oakley has appealed the dismissal of his federal court defamation and assault and battery lawsuit against Dolan and Madison Square Garden. The former Knicks big man filed the lawsuit in 2017 after a February incident that year in which he had a run-in with security personnel at Madison Square Garden during a Knicks game. He had alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment, along with defamation after Dolan and the Knicks implied he had a problem with alcohol.
Oakley had been charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault, one misdemeanor count of aggravated harassment and one misdemeanor count of trespassing. He was also cited for two additional counts of harassment that were considered noncriminal violations. The criminal case was dismissed and sealed in 2018.
Oakley spent 10 years as the Knicks’ starting power forward from the 1988-89 season to 1997-98. He is still loved by the fans and they have mostly stuck by him through this since they hate Dolan as well. Knicks fans also love Spike Lee, so this latest bit of news is not going to sit well with them.
The Knicks will once again miss the playoffs this season. They are hoping Leon Rose’s connections around the league will help the franchise become a winner again.