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MSG Network removes Knicks ads amid controversy

The New York Knicks are off to a hot 3-0 start, but their TV network, MSG, has found itself in hot water over some controversial ads.

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The New York Knicks are off to a surprisingly red-hot start this season. Their television network, MSG? Not so much.

A recent ad campaign meant to encourage New Yorkers to stay in and watch the Knicks has drawn quite a bit of criticism. The network has agreed to remove all the posters around the city associated with the campaign.

One such ad reads: "It's Friday night. You can either see a Broadway harness malfunction or you can watch real men fly."

The reference in the ad is to the Broadway show "Spiderman: Turn off the Dark," in which actor Christopher Tierney was seriously injured in 2010 after he fell 30 feet. He broke four ribs and fractured three vertebrae in the accident.

MSG has also agreed to pull another ad. This one reads, "It's Friday night. You can either go out and attempt to pick up sixes and sevens or stay home and watch (Jason) Kidd dish out dimes."

The Knicks are currently 3-0 for the first time since 1999, a season where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.