Joe And Evan React To Spike Lee's Feud With James Dolan, Knicks

Won't Attend Any More Games This Season

Joe & Evan
March 03, 2020 - 4:34 pm

The Knicks and their biggest fan, Spike Lee, had a disagreement Monday night over which entrance the Oscar-winning writer-director could use, but the team did not eject him from Madison Square Garden during its game against the Houston Rockets.

Lee said he entered Monday's game against the Houston Rockets through the same employee entrance on West 33rd Street that he has used for 28 years. He said after he had his ticket scanned and was standing in an elevator, a security guard approached him and asked him to go with him. Lee refused.

According to Lee, security told him he needed to exit the Garden and re-enter at West 31st Street. Lee again refused, arguing that his ticket had already been scanned and he didn't trust that he would be allowed to re-enter the arena.

WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts gave their thoughts on the controversy surrounding Lee and his beloved Knicks.

"For the first time, I witnessed Spike Lee sounding like Joe Benigno," Roberts said. "He (Spike) actually uttered a quote on 'First Take' in which he said, 'I look up at the rafters and I wonder if me and my son are ever going to see another championship.'"

A video circulated online during the game showing Lee getting frustrated and yelling at Garden security outside an elevator, leading to confusion that he may have been thrown out of the building. Lee went on ESPN's "First Take" on Tuesday to defend himself. In his heated rant, Spike questioned whether he and his 24-year-old son would ever see another Knicks championship banner.

"It's about freaking time that you said something along those lines," Benigno said. "For years as big a fan as he is, I haven't heard him say anything about how bad it's been the last 20 years. You finally said that. Good for you, Spike. ... It's about time, Spike."

The Knicks have not won a championship since the 1972-73 season and have made the postseason just three times in the last 15 years. They will finish with a losing record for the seventh straight season in this season.

"I heard not Spike Lee the cheerleader, Spike Lee the fan ... ," Roberts said. "We are fans of the teams we root for, not fans of the owners. Spike Lee is going to spend 100-200k to be a season ticket holder next year. You can call him an idiot, you can call him whatever. He's a fan."

The Knicks released a statement after Lee's ESPN appearance saying: "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."

"He's a superfan," Benigno said. "He goes to the road games, spends all this money on season tickets. Why would James Dolan want to alienate him? It only continues to make you look bad, make the franchise bad, continue to stop people from wanting to go there."

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