It’s no secret that Spike Lee is diehard Knicks fan. In fact, he pays $300-thousand bucks a year for courtside seats to the games. However, a recent incident at Madison Square Garden has him vowing not to return for the rest of the season.
The Oscar winner showed up for the team’s match against the Houston Rockets. According to him, he used the same entrance he’s used for over 20 years and got stopped by security. According to them, it was the employee entrance and he couldn’t use it. They wanted him to go out and use the VIP entrance. He refused for two reasons – one, because he’d already had his ticket scanned; and two, because he knew they wouldn’t let him in again. Also, he questioned the new policy and told the guards, “You wanna arrest me like Charles Oakley?!”
While it was originally reported that Spike and team owner James Dolan had kissed and made up, he disputed that claim on ESPN’s “First Take.” In fact, when he asked Dolan why he hadn’t been notified about the change, Dolan said – much to Spike’s chagrin – “Now you know.”
The Knicks released a statement saying that Spike was creating a “false controversy to perpetuate drama.” The way they see it, “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.” They say he’s welcome to come back – just not through the employee entrance. He says he’s done with them for this season.
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