Actor Ethan Hawke criticized the Knicks publicly, they took away his tickets

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:17 pm    Post subject: Actor Ethan Hawke criticized the Knicks publicly, they took away his tickets

I don't buy this being the only reason they took his tickets because others have criticized the Knicks a lot worse and still go to games.

https://nba.nbcsports.com/2018/05/15/actor-ethan-hawke-criticized-the-knicks-publicly-they-took-away-his-tickets/


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Actor Ethan Hawke criticized the Knicks publicly, they took away his tickets


The Knicks like having celebrities at their games — it’s good for the buzz in the building, the brand. So, like other NBA teams, they paper the house and give tickets to celebrities in prime spots. (Not Jack Nicholson, for the record he pays for those Lakers’ seats).

Actor Ethan Hawke — Dead Poet’s Society, Reality Bites, Training Day, The Purge, and who could forget Predestination… well, a lot of people — was one of those celebrities. He had grown up in the greater New York region and was a big Knicks fan — one who got those gift tickets from the team.

Until he publicly criticized the team. From The Bill Simmons Podcast, here is a transcript of Hawke talking Knicks tickets and how he lost them after criticizing them for keeping Carmelo Anthony. (Hat tip CBS Sports.)

“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…

“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….

“One person who owns (the team doesn’t like him)… 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.”

These were free tickets, so let’s not shed too many tears for Hawke here.

However, if criticizing James Dolan or ‘Melo or the Knicks’ decisions costs you seats, would there be anyone left in New York who could go to games?

Consider it another reminder of the rather overly controlling, image-conscious, dictatorial atmosphere Dolan has created in Madison Square Garden. Hopefully, the new front office combo of Steve Mills and Scott Perry, along with new coach David Fizdale, can navigate away from and shield the basketball side from too much of that and allow it to flourish.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:24 pm    Post subject:

Why would you give your stuff away for free to a celebrity who criticizes you?

Honestly, though, I am puzzled why they gave him free seats in the first place.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:49 pm    Post subject:

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Why would you give your stuff away for free to a celebrity who criticizes you?

Honestly, though, I am puzzled why they gave him free seats in the first place.


I wouldn't either but I don't buy this as the reason they took it back.

I think Spike is wondering why he didn't get free tickets now.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject:

Couldn’t pay me to see the Knicks, only way I would watch if they were playing the Lakers.

Bye.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:15 pm    Post subject:

gumby wrote:
Couldn’t pay me to see the Knicks, only way I would watch if they were playing the Lakers.

Bye.


As bad as we have been the last couple years, both MSG and Barclays are still Lakers Home games... ‘let’s go Lakers’ all game long
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:45 pm    Post subject:

Not surprised that Ethan Hawke got the purge, he could've dialed it down a bit especially when he's getting $7,800 tix for free. Oh well, got to pay for tix like everyone else now.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 4:31 am    Post subject:

K2 wrote:
Not surprised that Ethan Hawke got the purge, he could've dialed it down a bit especially when he's getting $7,800 tix for free. Oh well, got to pay for tix like everyone else now.


If Ethan Hawke was getting free tickets, then the Knicks obviously expected him to promote the team or at least give fans a good impression. Since he didn't do that, I don't really see a problem of them taking it back.

There's no such thing as a free lunch Ethan. If you want to criticize the knicks, then pay for their tickets like everyone else!
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:48 am    Post subject:

After all these years, reality still bites.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:37 am    Post subject:

governator wrote:
gumby wrote:
Couldn’t pay me to see the Knicks, only way I would watch if they were playing the Lakers.

Bye.


As bad as we have been the last couple years, both MSG and Barclays are still Lakers Home games... ‘let’s go Lakers’ all game long


Same out here in D.C. - literally 75-80% Laker fans at Wizards games even the past few years.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:11 am    Post subject:

If they were comping his seats...then yeah, he should've kept any disparaging comments to himself. While the Knicks deserve to be disparaged, you shouldn't be talking (bleep) about them while simultaneously accepting their gifts.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 4:18 pm    Post subject:

He really thought people would sympathize with his story of no longer getting FREE tickets as a celebrity after bad mouthing the team? He should have kept this one to himself.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 1:22 am    Post subject:

So he got 8000 USD tickets...
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 5:11 am    Post subject:

Maybe the Knicks organization realized he was not a big enough celebrity worth comping tickets to?

Need to go back to Howard Stern.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject:

K2 wrote:
Not surprised that Ethan Hawke got the purge, he could've dialed it down a bit especially when he's getting $7,800 tix for free. Oh well, got to pay for tix like everyone else now.


Who in their right mind would pay $7800 for Knicks tickets? I think they gave him the tickets for free because no one was going to buy them lol.
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