Ethan Hawke Says He Got Blacklisted At Madison Square Garden For Criticizing The Knicks
Ethan Hawke grew up in New York. For a long time he was a huge Knicks fan and was a fixture on the sidelines at Madison Square Garden. But that is not the case any more thanks to Knicks owner James Dolan.
During a recent appearance on Bill Simmons‘ podcast, Hawke talked about how he used to get free tickets to Knicks games all the time, which of course is one of the coolest perks of being a celebrity. However, after publicly criticizing the firing of Mike D’Antoni in 2012, Hawke says the Knicks cut him off. One day he called up for tickets, and they told him that’ll be $7,800.
Here’s an excerpt via For the Win:
Simmons: Who’s your team?
Hawke: I’ve been a Knicks fan for a long time, but I got kicked out of the Garden. They won’t give me tickets anymore.
Simmons: What are you talking about?
Hawke: I’m being serious. I’m being dead serious. I really was vocal on some talk shows like this that I thought it was a huge mistake to let Mike (D’Antoni) go and I would have bet on Mike (D’Antoni) before I bet on Melo.
It was not over Melo, but over – there was something genuinely exciting. The first thing that had been exciting since Jeff Van Gundy left in the Garden with the Knicks was Linsanity.
Simmons: Linsanity was incredible.
Hawke: It was absolutely incredible in the way that the organization didn’t fan the flames and let Mike do what he wanted to do. Let these guys run. Let them play ball. And instead, Mike’s on his way to the Western Conference Final. And, you know, the Garden’s empty.
But I have been left team-less. The point is that I’m not wanted and I don’t go where I’m not wanted. It’s hard to be a fan for a place that doesn’t like you.
Simmons: Well, one person doesn’t like you.
Hawke: One person who owns (the team) … I called up one night and they said it would be $7,800. I was like, “Oh, um, oh, why is this the first time you guys are charging me?” They said that you should have thought of that before you went on the Jimmy Fallon Show. I was like, “Wow, this is real.” So I’ve apologized publicly many times to try and get my seats again.
I’m not suggesting anybody should feel sorry for Ethan Hawke here. The guy can afford to pay for basketball tickets. But that is some pretty petty sh*t from James Dolan, and exactly the reason why Knicks fans hate him so much.
Hat Tip – [FTW]