The New York Knicks are engaged in a war of words with their highest-profile fan.
The Academy Award-winning director was filmed having a heated argument with Madison Square Garden security before Monday night's 125-123 Knicks victory over the Houston Rockets and rumors surfaced that Lee was removed from the arena, yet he watched the game from his usual courtside seat.
The team later said it was untrue that Lee was asked to leave and that it was simply a misunderstanding about which entrance to use. Lee and Knicks owner Jim Dolan met at halftime and resolved the issue, according to the team.
And then Lee went on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday morning and everything changed.
Lee called it "Garden spin" and said he was being "harassed by James Dolan and I don't know why."
Lee, who has had season tickets for nearly three decades, said that he has always used the employee entrance on 33rd Street, but was told he couldn't on Monday night.
Lee said that after he rode the elevator up to the fifth floor, where the court is located, he was asked to leave the Arena and walk to the VIP entrance on 31st Street.
But he said his ticket had already been scanned and he wouldn't be able to get back
The Knicks strongly refuted Lee's claims in a statement.
“The idea that Spike Lee is a victim because we have repeatedly asked him to not use our employee entrance and instead use a dedicated VIP entrance – which is used by every other celebrity who enters The Garden – is laughable. It’s disappointing that Spike would create this false controversy to perpetuate drama. He is welcome to come to The Garden anytime via the VIP or general entrance; just not through our employee entrance, which is what he and Jim agreed to last night when they shook hands.”
The team also sent out a photo of Lee shaking hands with Dolan during halftime.
But Lee is saying he will not attend another Knicks game this season.
The incident has now overshadowed the Knicks' surprising victory on Monday, which happened to be the first day for new team president Leon Rose.
This isn't the first incident a high-profile guest has had an issue with Garden security.
Former Knicks great Charles Oakley was ejected from the arena and later arrested in February 2017 following an altercation with security.