Former Knick Charles Oakley knows exactly how Spike Lee feels in the midst of his feud with the Knicks and owner James Dolan. And the fact that it happened in the first place doesn't surprise Oakley whatsoever.
"It's a plantation over there. It's bad," Oakley said on ESPN's Golic and Wingo. "People don't want to talk about it. It's real bad over there."
Lee got into a verbal war with the Knicks on Tuesday, which led to him saying he is being "harassed" by Dolan. It all stems from Lee taking the 33rd street employee entrance -- the one he said he has taken for 28 years since he's had his courtside seats -- and being told by Garden security that he couldn't anymore.
What followed was a series of back-and-forths that began with Lee going on ESPN's First Take, then the Knicks calling Lee's claims "laughable," then Lee calling out the picture that the Knicks posted of Dolan and Lee shaking hands as a setup.
Lee also went on The Michael Kay Show, where he brought up Oakley's incident from three years ago as one of many reasons why free agents don't want to come play for the Knicks.
"All deference to Mr. KD, Kevin Durant, (when he) talked about why free agents were not coming to play for the New York Knickerbockers in the World's Most Famous Arena, the biggest thing he left out was Charles Oakley being arrested and led out in handcuffs," Lee said.
And after this incident with the most recognizable Knicks fan in the world, Oakley agrees.
"It just keeps happening in New York," he said. "People are not going to come here because it's the same thing over and over and over. They got a new president, and all everyone is talking about what happened between Spike Lee and the Garden.
"What is this man's problem about control? He's so much a control freak. And he's hurting the whole NBA."
Oakley is still dealing with that incident where MSG security dragged him out of the arena before he was arrested in 2017. Oakley was initially banned from the Garden, but Dolan eventually lifted it. Still, Oakley has yet to return to the place he once called home as a player.
He had his defamation suit against Dolan and the Garden thrown out in court, but he has appealed the dismissal as the fight continues.
In the end, Oakley believes the NBA needs to step in at this point with yet another high-profile person involved with the franchise being wronged by Dolan in his eyes.
"It's got to be stopped in some kind of way," he told the AP on Tuesday. "The NBA has got to take a look at this. You can't keep closing your eyes to this."