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Spike Lee, Unwavering New York Knicks Fan, Reacts To Phil Jackson's Termination

New York Knicks fans are celebrating from the Big Apple across the seven seas and the four -- or five -- oceans thanks to news that the city's team decided to terminate president Phil Jackson.

According to the Associated Press, the ruling broke on Wednesday morning (June 28) when MSG chairman James Dolan announced the resolution. "After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Dolan's statement reads. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched." General manager Steve Mills will step into Jackson's shoes to continue daily operations. The latter served as president of the franchise for three years.

The news, which is probably the equivalent of unwrapping that gift you always wanted on Christmas Day, swiftly made its rounds on the Internet, drawing reactions from many including die-hard Knicks fan, Spike Lee. With a one-word caption, the famed cinematographer summed up most people's feelings in one Instagram post.

HALLELUJAH.

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Lee wasn't alone in singing his hallelujahs. Other longtime fans of the boys in blue and orange expressed their elation on Twitter.

Despite Jackson's revered career as a title-winning head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls, the 71-year-old's time with the Knicks was covered in controversy.

Following the end of their regular season (31-51), Jackson said star player Carmelo Anthony "would be better off" on another team. "We've not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time," he said per USA Today. "I think the direction with our team is that he's a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship."

Jackson also suited up in the Knicks uniform back in the late 60s and won two championship rings. According to the AP, Jackson had plans as president to bring the NBA title home to the Garden. "As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren't able to that. New York fans deserve nothing less," he said. "I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best -- today and always."

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Elisa was reportedly in one of the bedrooms when she heard the commotion. She then escaped through a sliding door that was located at the back of the house and ran down the street to get help.

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Hunt issued a statement apologizing for his actions. "I deeply regret what I did," he said. "I hope to move on from this."

Statement from former Chiefs’ RB Kareem Hunt to ESPN: “I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this.”

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 1, 2018

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Ottinger also made reference to the incident being captured on surveillance camera.

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See the video of the incident below.

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