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Knicks Legend Patrick Ewing Says Madison Square Garden Security Guards Harassed Him

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A former Knicks legend says he was harassed by security guards in the arena he called home for 15 years. It's not the first time security at Madison Square Garden has been questioned for their methods; CBS2's Steve Overmyer reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: A former Knicks legend says that he was harassed by security guards in the arena that he called home for 15 years.

MAURICE DUBOIS: And it's not the first time security at Madison Square Garden has been questioned over their methods. CBS2's Steve Overmyer has more.

PATRICK EWING: I thought this was my building, and I feel terrible that I'm getting stopped, accosted, asking for passes. Everybody in this building should know who the hell I am.

STEVE OVERMYER: He's Patrick Ewing, one of the most identifiable athletes in New York history. First off, he's 7 feet tall and his number is hanging in The Garden rafters. Ewing is back at The Garden for the Big East Tournament as the head coach at Georgetown.

- Georgetown pulls it off!

STEVE OVERMYER: After his Hoyas knocked off top-seeded Villanova, Ewing revealed his frustration with arena security. At first, it seemed like a funny moment, but it took a more serious tone.

PATRICK EWING: I can't move around this building. I was like, "What the hell? Is this Madison Square Garden?" I'm gonna have to call Mr. Dolan and say, "Geez, is my name in the rafters or what?"

STEVE OVERMYER: He's referring to Knicks owner and CEO of Madison Square Garden, James Dolan.

MSG has since released a statement saying, "Jim and Patrick have a long-standing relationship; they spoke this afternoon and reaffirmed that. We all know, respect, and appreciate what he means to The Garden and New York," end quote.

It's not the first time a New York great has had issues at The Garden. In 2017, Charles Oakley was tossed from a game after a dust up with security. And just last year, Spike Lee said he was "done going to Knicks games" after his own issues with security.

SPIKE LEE: I put my hands behind my back and I said, "Arrest me like my brother Charles Oakley."

STEVE OVERMYER: And now Patrick Ewing is added to a growing list of incidents involving Garden security and some of their biggest icons.

Steve Overmyer, CBS2 News.

MAURICE DUBOIS: Ewing being hassled by security is overshadowing the performance of his team. Georgetown's huge upset win has him a step away from the Big East title game. They will tip off in a half hour tonight against Seton Hall at The Garden.

We're talking about a guy who gave his all here to the city, so asking just a little bit of respect isn't too much.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: It makes you shake your head.

MAURICE DUBOIS: Yeah.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Doesn't it?