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Twitter: What was said between Max Kellerman and Ariel Helwani? Pair get into it after Knicks ban fan for spitting

Joshua Rogers May 27, 2021
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What happened between Max Kellerman and Ariel Helwani on Twitter? The pair exchanged a back and forth after the Knicks revealed they had banned a fan for spitting at Trey Young. Here’s what they said.

Knicks fan spits at Hawks’ guard Trey Young

On Wednesday, during Game 2 of the Knicks vs Hawks playoff series, a fan spat at Trey Young as he stood courtside.

Cameras picked up the incident and footage quickly began circulating on social media.

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Knicks react by banning fan

Many wondered how the Knicks would react to the spitting incident.

On Thursday, the organisation announced they’d banned the fan and he wouldn’t be returning to Madison Square Garden in the near future.

Max Kellerman and Ariel Helwani go at it on Twitter

On Thursday, Max Kellerman took to Twitter to share his thoughts after the Knicks announced they had banned the fan.

Kellerman, who co-hosts ESPN’s First Take With Stephen A. Smith, originates from New York but was critical of their reaction.

He pointed to the treatment of Knicks legend Charles Oakley, who was banned from the Garden in 2017.

Kellerman said it was unfair the fan and Oakley received the same punishment.

Owner James Dolan banned the former Knicks man after he allegedly made comments at Dolan during a game.

Security escorted Oakley from Madison Square Garden and he has not been back since.

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani chimed in on the conversation and admitted he was confused by Max’s take.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.