Spike Lee video was about him using wrong entrance, not being banned by Knicks
Twitter was buzzing on Monday with rumors that Spike Lee had been banned by the Knicks after a video surfaced that showed him upset.
The video supposedly showed the famed film director yelling “Nobody told me!” and referencing Charles Oakley.
Although it was clear that man who was said to be Lee was very upset in the video, Lee was later shown sitting in his usual courtside seat at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks’ home game against the Houston Rockets.
Re: the stuff circulating about Spike Lee having an issue getting into the Garden tonight, I can report that he is sitting in his usual courtside seat. pic.twitter.com/bVeIRTvAuU
— Jonathan Macri (@JCMacriNBA) March 3, 2020
A few reporters later shed some light on the subject, saying that the issue had to do with Lee using the wrong entrance.
Source on Spike Lee confusion: “Untrue that Spike was removed. It was simply an issue of using the wrong entrance.”
Spike and James Dolan were seen at halftime speaking on the floor, laughing and exchanging a handshake
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) March 3, 2020
Spike Lee is here sitting courtside watching the Knicks game. There was a disagreement over which entrance he could use. He was not kicked out.
— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) March 3, 2020
Ian Begley says Lee was using an employee entrance.
The entrance Spike Lee used at MSG was an employee entrance. A source said NYK owner Jim Dolan and Lee indeed resolved any outstanding issue when they spoke at halftime. https://t.co/vQB2tyZs6O
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 3, 2020
The Knicks have received notoriously bad press for several years, and owner James Dolan has been at the center of numerous negative events, including his lawsuit with former Knick Charles Oakley. Given Dolan’s history, fans automatically assumed the worst, but it turns out things weren’t quite as bad as they were portrayed on social media.