Spike Lee doesn’t think the Knicks are doing the right thing and says he won’t be back at Madison Square Garden this season.
The Oscar winner and Knicks superfan strongly fired back at the team’s statement over his beef with Madison Square Garden security before Monday’s game against Houston in which he was caught on tape yelling that he was being treated like banned former star Charles Oakley.
Lee, appearing Tuesday morning on ESPN’s “First Take,” called the Knicks’ explanation during the game “Garden spin” and said he’s “being harassed by (Knicks owner) James Dolan and I don’t know why.”
Lee and Dolan spoke at halftime during Monday’s 125-123 win over Houston – in Leon Rose’s first official game as the new president of the team.
The Knicks said Lee attempted to use the wrong entrance to the Garden, the one for employees and media — and was denied access by security. The Post cited a team source, saying Lee had used the employee entrance instead of the VIP entrance before and was told to refrain.
On a video that went viral Monday night, Lee can be heard screaming at security: “No one told me. No one told me. Are you going to arrest me like Charles Oakley?”
Asked in the second segment of the interview by Stephen A. Smith if he plans to attend any more games this season, Lee replied: “Not this year. No. No. I’m coming back next year. But I’m done for the season. Done.”
Lee, who was in his customary courtside seat by game time, argued that he’s used that same employee entrance on 33rd Street for nearly 30 years as a season ticket-holder and wasn’t informed of any policy change. Lee said he wasn’t going to say anything about the incident until he saw the team’s statement, calling it a “lie.”
The Knicks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.