Posted on May 9, 2023

Howard Stern Stung That Black Knicks Players Ignore Him but ‘Go Over to Spike Lee’

Sharon Knolle, The Wrap, May 5, 2023

On his SiriusXM show earlier this week, Howard Stern lamented that today’s New York Knicks players don’t seem to know who he is, and surmised it might be a “white people” thing,” since the athletes routinely greet other celebrities like director Spike Lee.


While Stern said he’s grateful that the team gives him courtside tickets, he told co-host Robin Quivers, who is Black, “Black players won’t come over and say hello to me. But they go over to Spike Lee.”

Quivers asked, “They don’t acknowledge you at all?”

Stern replied that even if he’s sitting next to comedians like Tracy Morgan or Chris Rock, “a couple of the players will come over. They give [Morgan] that bro shake and stuff. And I’m like, these guys should hug me too. I mean, what am I? I grew up in a Black neighborhood, you know what I mean? {snip}”

{snip} Stern noted that he doesn’t see the players greeting other white people, he asked Quivers, “So I’m like, oh, is everything racial now?”