Michael Rapaport is one of Hollywood's most vocal New York Knicks fans. The actor and sports commentator, who recently departed his position with Barstool Sports amid a blowout with pretty much everyone on staff, says he no longer attends Knicks games, though.
Rapaport recently appeared on Sports Illustrated's new podcast, HOLDAT, which features former NBA players Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer. In his appearance, Rapaport said the Knicks stopped supplying him with tickets after he voiced support for former Knicks big man Charles Oakley.
Oakley, who played 11 seasons in New York, was arrested after a February 2017 altercation with Knicks owner James Dolan at Madison Square Garden. This led to a public spat, with many fans having Oakley's back.
Rapaport said because of the Oakley situation and the poor product on the court, he self-imposed a ban.
"I'm not welcome—after the Oakley thing, I imposed a ban on the Garden for myself," Rapaport said. "I was like, 'Yo, I'm not going back to the Garden until Charles Oakley is welcome.' But I've been so outspoken about it... I'm not getting those free tickets right now. They shut me down because I've been so outspoken about it. But I'm like, 'Yo, I'm a fan... you need to put something on the court so that I want to come sit courtside.'"
This is the third episode of the podcast, which has been excellent to date. Check out the full episode, which also features Robinson and Boozer discussing J.R. Smith's soup incident with a Cavs assistant coach, below.