The New York Knicks have fired back at superfan Spike Lee after his appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” this morning.
In a statement that is bizarre even by Knicks standards, the team dismissed Lee’s claims that he is being harassed by team owner James Dolan. Lee made that claim on ESPN today after not being allowed to enter Madison Square Garden last night through the door he typically uses for games.
“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,” the statement reads.
The Knicks go on to accuse Lee of creating a “false controversy to perpetuate drama.” Making things better (or worse), the club included photos of the entrance in question and of Lee shaking hands with Dolan last night after the incident.
New York Knicks Statement on Spike Lee pic.twitter.com/19JcvhFKO7
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 3, 2020
In his appearance on “First Take,” Lee said he is still a Knicks fan but will stay away from The Garden the rest of this season.
This whole situation is probably being blown out of proportion, but the Knicks’ decision to go back at Lee like this is laughably dumb PR. You’re talking about the most visible celebrity fan the franchise has, one who has supported you through the leanest of lean years.
Why the team feels the need to be this petty and confrontational about what happened is beyond comprehension.