Apparently, there are people working at Madison Square Garden who don’t know who Patrick Ewing is.
Patrick Ewing served as a centerpiece of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden franchise for 15 years, but he’s seemingly having an issue with the new security guards.
Ewing blasted MSG after his Georgetown team scored a win at the Big East Tournament.
“I do want to say one thing, though. I thought this was my building,” he told reporters. “And I feel terrible that I’m getting stopped, accosted, [by people] asking for passes. Everybody in this building should know who the hell I am. And I’m getting stopped—I can’t move around this building. I was like, ‘What the hell? Is this Madison Square Garden?’ I’m gonna have to call [Knicks owner] Mr. Dolan and say, ‘Jesus, is my number in the rafters or what?’”
For those who can’t understand why this is a big deal, that’s like Magic Johnson being stopped at the Staples Center and members of the staff not knowing who he is.
This isn’t the first time that an NBA legend went head-to-head with security at the Garden. Charles Oakley was handcuffed and tossed out of the building following an ugly dispute.
Spike Lee, who had a personal issue with MSG security and Knicks owner, weighed in on the Patrick Ewing incident.
“I’m not blaming this on [James] Dolan,” the filmmaker said on First Take. “There has to be something just wrong at Madison Square Garden. Can any of you imagine Derek Jeter being stopped entering Yankee Stadium? Magic Johnson being stopped entering the Staples Center? Michael Jordan – the G.O.A.T. – being stopped entering the United Center? WTF!”
Spike is a known Knicks superfan and used an employee entrance he used for 28 years. After his ticket was scanned he was asked to use a different entrance which he refused to do then was asked to leave.
When security later asked Lee to leave MSG, he said he put his hands behind his back and told them, “Arrest me like my brother Charles Oakley.”
— ESPN (@espn) March 3, 2020
What are your thoughts on the whole ordeal?