Just days after Knicks fan and acclaimed director Spike Lee was involved in a bust-up with the authorities at Madison Square Garden (MSG), another incident surrounding a Knicks fan is making the rounds on the internet. A group of Knicks fans have reportedly claimed that they were escorted out of MSG on Wednesday night (Thursday IST) for chanting 'Sell the team' during the Jazz vs Knicks game. It will be interesting to see if Knicks owner James Dolan had a role to play in this as well.
A group of at least four young men were escorted from their seats by MSG security for yelling "Sell the team" late in the Knicks loss tonight. Group of security escorted them into elevator out of arena.— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) March 5, 2020
"It's not like we're coming back here anytime soon," one of the men yelled.
As quoted by the New York Daily News, one of the escorted fans claimed that he was interrogated for almost 15 minutes by the MSG authorities after Knicks succumbed to a 104-112 loss to the Utah Jazz. The report suggests that the fan even revealed that their group was threatened with arrest by one of the authorities. However, the group was reportedly allowed back at the Garden.
Contrastingly, the same report also suggests that an MSG spokesman stated the fans were neither ejected nor escorted from the arena.
Security is leading these fans out of their seats. This is semantics to me, but officials say no fans were escorted out/kicked out of the arena for ‘sell the team’ chants tonight. https://t.co/kxb9cB9694— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 5, 2020
New York Knicks and MSG owner James Dolan has been repeatedly criticised by the Knicks supporters for singling out fans, who opposed his ownership at the franchise. With Knicks' continued struggles in the NBA, 'Sell the team' chants has become increasingly common at the MSG. After their loss to the Jazz, Knicks are now 13th in the Eastern Conference with a dismal 19-43 (win-loss) record.