If you wonder why Spike Lee wasn’t on the sidelines when Charles Oakley was arrested last week, it’s because he was already in the Garden hallway when the former NEw York Knicks legend was dragged away from his seat.
Lee, who showed up in a #34 Oakley jersey on Sunday, told the New York Daily News that he wept after seeing Oakley arrested.
“I went home (after Oakley was ejected), I got every jersey, game-worn, but I couldn’t find an Oakley jersey,” Lee said. “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."
Lee made the statement on the same day that the Knicks brought back several alumni, including Latrell Sprewell for the first time since his retirement. He addressed the perceived PR move as well.
“I’m not mad at any of the Knicks that showed up today,” Lee said. “I stood up for everybody, gave them love. Applauded. I stood up for everybody. So I’m happy to see them. Under better conditions, yes. But I’m happy to see them regardless. But it just looks so obvious to me. …I don’t know, you got to ask the Garden. I’m just happy to see these guys. I know all of them.”
Lee, who is married to a lawyer, seems to have advised Oakley on his possible legal scenarios after the two had lunch recently.