Patrick Ewing is undoubtedly one of the most popular NBA players of all time. He is one of the main reasons why the New York Knicks have such a big heritage in the world of basketball. Ewing played for the Knicks from 1985 to 2000. During that time, the Knicks were the team to beat for the entire league. In 2003, Patrick Ewing’s Jersey no. 33 was retired by the franchise. Moreover, one of his jerseys was sent to the rafters and it still hangs there to this day.
Since retiring from the NBA, Patrick Ewing has taken up different coaching jobs around the country. At the moment, he is the head coach of Georgetown, his alma mater. He has taken this team to the NCAA Big East tournament. This tournament is being held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Recently, the 58-year-old snapped in anger at a press conference. He was agitated about being repeatedly stopped and accosted by the security. Despite being one of the legends who played here.
Patrick Ewing slams MSG security:
In the post-game press conference, Patrick Ewing had some harsh words for the security department. He said, “I do wanna say one thing. I thought this was my building. And I feel terrible that I’m being stopped and accosted. They are asking me for passes. Everybody in this building should know who the hell I am. I can’t even move around in this building.”
"Is this Madison Square Garden? I'm going to have to call Mr. Dolan and say geez is my number in the rafters or what?" – Patrick Ewing
Note to MSG staff: Please be able to recognize Patrick Ewing. pic.twitter.com/nnEZ7cMehc
— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) March 11, 2021
He continued, “I was like, What the hell, is this even Madison Square Garden! I’m going to have to also call Mr. Dolan and say, ‘Geez, is my number in the rafters or what?'”
Madison Square Garden authorities apologize to Ewing:
After this incident came to light, MSG authorities came up and apologized to Patrick Ewing. In fact, they also issued an official statement regarding the matter. “(James Dolan) and Patrick Ewing have a long-standing relationship. They spoke this afternoon and reaffirmed that. We all know, respect, and also appreciate what he means to the Garden and moreover, to the New York Knicks.
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