Spike Lee criticizes Knicks over Charles Oakley saga, calls it ‘insanity’
Spike Lee made a bold statement on Sunday during the New York Knicks’ showdown with the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden by sporting a Charles Oakley jersey amid the fallout of the former Knick’s arrest last Wednesday.
Dude in front row, who pays $3,300 per game for Knicks seat, wearing a Oakley jersey today. His name is also Spike Lee (via @CurlsAndSports) pic.twitter.com/3CQCyeIa57
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 12, 2017
OAKLEY OAKLEY OAKLEY pic.twitter.com/NnX2ufUBxI
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) February 12, 2017
The longtime Knicks superfan, who admitted he cried when he saw Oakley handcuffed, spoke with reporters after the Knicks’ 94-90 victory.
Lee characterized the entire debacle “insanity.” But Lee seemed to be most disappointed with the Knicks suggesting Oakley is an alcoholic, one of the many questionable moves the team made in bungled attempts at damage control.
“I mean, how can you say somebody is an alcoholic? You just can’t, in my opinion,” Lee said, via ESPN’s Ian Begley. “And even if the person was, why would you say that? I don’t know why you would say that. All I can do is wear my jersey.”
Lee also explained how some behind-the-scenes work was needed beforehand to boldly support Oakley.
“I went home (after Oakley was ejected), I got every jersey, game-worn, but I couldn’t find an Oakley jersey,” he said, via the New York Daily News. “But I had three Landry Fields jerseys. So I took it to my guy, and he hooked it up. So officially, this is a Landry Fields jersey.”
The entire Oakley saga is only the latest in a series of missteps this season that embarrassingly showcases the Knicks’ organizational dysfunction. Some of the NBA’s biggest stars have called out the Knicks for the clumsy handling of Oakley’s arrest. And things were only made worse due to a sequence of gaffes that followed, including how owner James Dolan announced Oakley was banned for life from Madison Square Garden.
In other words, the past week sadly has been business as usual for the woeful Knicks.