Buzz Bulletin: Knicks Bite The Hand That Feeds Them With Senseless Spike Lee Feud

By: Whitney Carroll McKinnon
Posted: March 6, 2020

Struggling Knicks Are Feuding With Their Most Loyal Super Fan

Knicks owner James Dolan is starting beef with perhaps the last person he should be antagonizing—their highest-profile super fan, Spike Lee.

The drama began at the Knicks’ home game on Monday evening. Lee was turned away by security while attempting to enter the arena using the employee entrance he’s reportedly been allowed to use for the last 28 years. Lee took umbrage with the lack of notice from the team regarding the rule change, and the altercation escalated from there.

Spike Lee did end up attending the game in his usual courtside seat, but the issue wasn’t over. Dolan claims that Lee agreed to no longer use the employee entrance and sealed it with a handshake, but Lee argues that no such agreement ever took place. According to Lee, when he asked Dolan why he wasn’t given a heads up about the new arrangement, Dolan said, “Now you know.”

In the aftermath of the fight, Spike Lee has vowed not to attend another Knicks game for the rest of the season. Not a good look for the Knicks, especially given the fact that Lee has spent about $300,000 every year on the courtside season tickets he’s purchased every season since 1985, no matter how abysmally the team has performed. 

New NFL CBA Would Bring Changes To Substance Abuse Policy

NFL players have begun deliberating over whether or not to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement that, if approved, would significantly change the consequences for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

According to NBC Sports, the new agreement would shift away from punitive suspensions and focus more on offering support for recovery. Currently, a player who tests positive for a prohibited substance like marijuana is eligible to receive a four-game suspension, even for a first offense. If the proposed changes are approved, a first offense to the substance abuse policy would trigger a two-stage intervention system. If the player tests positive again while in the first stage of the system, they would receive a fine and be moved to stage two, which involves a treatment plan and an increased fine for each infraction. 

If approved, the new rules would eliminate the possibility of suspension unless the offending player refused to participate in treatment once they’ve reached stage two. Even then, they would not be eligible to receive a suspension until their fourth offense. If a player cooperates in seeking treatment, they would not miss any playing time.

The proposed new substance abuse policy would certainly be a step in the right direction for a league known for its tone-deaf responses to social issues. However, one can’t help but wonder what the career arcs of otherwise high-performing players like Josh Gordon might have looked like had this topic been tackled the right way before now.

Worth Watching

It’s not often that Vermont makes the news for reasons not involving our favorite collective grandpa Bernie Sanders, but this week was an exception. After suffering a horrific car accident five years ago that left him in a coma, UVM basketball player Josh Spiegel (once a high-ranked prospect for the Catamounts) scored his first college basketball points on Tuesday’s senior night. Check it out.

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