'I'm done': Spike Lee refuses to return to New York Knicks over 'harassment' by owner

The director is one of the Knicks' most famous fans, often spotted court side

James Crump
Tuesday 03 March 2020 22:36
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Spike Lee won't attend another Knicks game this year

Film director and New York Knicks fan Spike Lee says he won’t attend another home game again this season after a disagreement with The Madison Square Garden Company boss James Dolan.

Lee said he was told to leave Madison Square Garden last night when he attempted to use the lift for the employee entrance.

“I’m done for the season. I’m done,” he told ESPN’s First Take.

The BlacKkKlansman director explained he has been using the employee entrance for over two decades, using it as recently as last Wednesday when a production of To Kill a Mockingbird was staged in the arena.

However, the club wanted him to instead use the celebrity entrance two blocks away, which Lee refused to do, even asking to be arrested.

“Arrest me like my brother Charles Oakley,” said Lee.

The security team said they would take him outside of the stadium and walk him all the way to his seat, but he told First Take that he didn’t trust them.

“Mr Lee you have to leave Madison Square Garden. They wanted me to leave the Garden.”

Video was circulated on social media, showing some of the confrontation between Lee and Madison Square Garden officials.

Lee says that Mr Dolan later came over and said ‘we need to talk’ – which the 62-year-old says he refused to do.

The director is one of the Knicks’ most famous fans, often spotted courtside. Lee said the team never told him the change of arrangement.

“They never said when the thing changed, so why not call me?” the director said. “When my deposit’s due, this astronomical price for Knicks tickets and I’m one day late, my phone is ringing off the hook.”

The Knicks narrowly defeated Houston Rockets 125-123 Monday night.

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