The New York Knicks have once again garnered media attention for the wrong reason once again as longtime fan and movie director Spike Lee was involved in an incident with the franchise. That has ruffled up a few feathers with Lee already stating that he won’t be attending any more Knicks‘ home game at Madison Square Garden this season. As the situation gathers more attention, another surprising detail emerged about how much Lee has spent on attending games over the years that have fallen in the ballpark of around $10 million.
Spike Lee’s incident with Knicks
Over the last couple of decades, the well-decorated film director has been a staple courtside at Knicks‘ home games.
Lee has continued to attend games, even with the franchise still venturing through a stretch. His unwavering support has been a mainstay at essentially every game played at Madison Square Garden over the years.
However, Lee was at the center of an incident at the arena as a video made it rounds on social media on Monday night as he was shown venting his frustration outside an elevator. There was plenty of speculation around the matter. Still, the Academy Award-winning director cleared up the air on ESPN’ First Take on Tuesday morning, voicing that the team was no longer letting him use the employee entrance.
Lee stated that he had used that same entrance throughout nearly the last three decades, which has created some push back towards the Knicks for their handling of the situation.
Spike Lee has spent nearly $10 million on Knicks’ tickets
Lee’s support for the Knicks has seen him attend numerous home games over the years through the ups and downs with the franchise.
That alone has seen him spend a tremendous amount of money over that time on courtside seats during that span. During his appearance on ESPN’S First Take, it was brought to Lee’s attention that he has paid nearly $10 million on tickets for nearly the three decades.
It takes things to another level given what he’s spent to watch his favorite team play despite them being an utter disappointment on the court for many of those years. That just further highlights the questionable handling of yet another prominent figure around the organization.
That has led to a statement released by the Knicks to provide clarity on the matter from their perspective.
Knicks respond to the Spike Lee incident
Lee’s comments on Tuesday morning further painted the Knicks into a tight corner with them damaging their reputation.
During the famed movie director’s appearance on ESPN’s First Take, the Knicks released a statement on the matter.
“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. It’s disappointing that Spike would create this false controversy to perpetuate drama. He is welcome to come to The Garden anytime via the VIP or general entrance; just not through our employee entrance, which is what he and Jim agreed to last night when they shook hands.”
The Knicks released about the described meeting between Lee and team owner Jim Dolan during the Knicks’ game Monday against the Houston Rockets. That is something that Lee stated on Tuesday that the two did speak, but he voiced to Dolan that he didn’t want to talk about the matter.
There is no indication about when that photo of taken during that conversation while their choice of words in the statement makes them look petty with the matter. Regardless of the Knicks’ viewpoint, they once again come out with egg on their face involving another legendary figure around the franchise.