New York Knicks Forced to Take Down Their Dumb, Offensive Ads

Despite their 3-0 start to this young season, the New York Knicks can’t help but trip over their own feet. Their latest ad campaign, an embarrassment that has gotten people in NYC angry at them, is coming down in response to the public outcry. Per ESPN: “MSG Network said Wednesday it would pull ads like this one because of the controversy they have caused in New York. On Tuesday, the company said it would take down all posters associated with its recent advertising campaign, which generated buzz but also was considered controversial. […] ‘It’s Friday night,’ the ad said. ‘You can either go out and attempt to pick up sixes and sevens or stay home and watch (Knicks guard Jason) Kidd dish out dimes.’ Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that the network, which is under the same business umbrella that includes the Knicks, would pull a particular ad after a representative admitted it was ‘bad judgment’ and apologized to anyone who was offended. ‘It’s Friday night,’ the ad said. ‘You can either see a Broadway harness malfunctioning or you can watch real men fly.’ The ad was referring to the Broadway show ‘Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark,’ in which actors have been injured, including Christopher Tierney, who fell 30 feet from the air into the orchestra pit in December 2010. Tierney, who sustained four broken ribs and fractured three of his vertebrae, returned to the show four months later. The ironic part of the ad, which the Post pointed out, was that it featured Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who is actually out at least a month and a half after having a procedure done on his frequently injured left knee.”