Film director Spike Lee does not want to watch any more games of the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden in the current NBA season. The noble fan of the US basketball team feels that he has been treated unfairly. The security staff had denied him entry through a certain entrance. The Oscar winner has had a seat on the sidelines for many years, according to him around $ 300,000 per season.
“I’ve been using the same entrance for more than 20 years,” said the 62-year-old after the Knicks 125: 123 against the Houston Rockets on ESPN: “I’ll be back next year, but I’m through for this season.”
The Knicks rejected the charge. “The idea that Spike Lee is a victim (…) is laughable,” a statement said. “We kept asking him to stop using our staff entrance and instead to enter the hall through the VIP entrance – which is used by all celebrities who enter the Garden,” it continued: “It’s very disappointing that Spike is breaking this controversy into a drama. “
Lee is always welcome in Madison Square Garden, “just not through the staff entrance”. The director and Knicks owner James Dolan agreed on that that evening.