Director Spike Lee went ballistic Monday after being denied entry to Madison Square Garden, where his beloved New York Knicks hosted the Houston Rockets. The heated encounter was caught on video. Lee, who is a long time Knicks superfan, erupted after he attempted to use the arena entrance reserved for employees and the media and was stopped cold by security, the New York Post reported. In the video, Lee can be heard yelling. “No one told me,” he repeats. “I’m staying here. And if you wanna arrest me like Charles Oakley, go the f*** ahead.”
Oakley, a former Knicks player, was ejected as a spectator from a 2017 game after yelling comments critical of team owner James Dolan and scuffling with security guards. He was later arrested by the NYPD.
Lee did eventually take his seat. Dolan spoke with the famed filmmaker at halftime to “resolve the issue.” Lee was never ejected and according to sources is no longer angry. Maybe that is due in part to the fact that the Knicks upset the Houston Rockets 125-123, thanks to an incredible performance by rookie RJ Barrett. Knicks new president Leon Rose was also in the building last night to see the win.