- New York Knicks owner James Dolan on Saturday threatened to bar a fan who told him to sell the team from attending games, saying he could “enjoy watching [the Knicks] on TV.”
- Dolan was immediately criticised for his comments, by both fans and basketball writers.
- New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman also got involved, suggesting that the property-tax exemptions Dolan receives should be reconsidered.
New York Knicks owner James Dolan was roasted over the weekend for threatening to bar a fan from attending games after he told Dolan to sell the team.
The fracas took place on Saturday after the Knicks’ loss to the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. The loss dropped the team to 13-53 on the season – the worst record in the NBA.
As Dolan exited through the tunnel, a fan heckled him, imploring him to sell the franchise. Dolan smirked in response. “Do you really want me to sell the team?” Dolan asked, motioning for the fan to come closer to him.
“Do you not want to come to any more games?” Dolan asked. The fan said it was only an opinion. “No, it’s not an opinion,” Dolan replied. “You know what? Enjoy watching ’em on TV.”
Dolan then sent security to confront the fan and take his information.
You can watch the scene play out below.
Dolan was criticised immediately by fans and writers.
MSG after James Dolan boots out all the fans that think he should sell the team. pic.twitter.com/AiRrDunboT
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) March 11, 2019
James Dolan is to bad sports owners what Mike Trout is to good baseball players. No one else is even close. https://t.co/kwRO7wdp2L
— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) March 10, 2019
Knicks owner James Dolan got upset after a fan yelled ‘sell the team.’ But rather than just keep on walking, Dolan got the guy kicked out of MSG. Imagine being that thin-skinned. Dolan really does need to sell the team. Any other owner would be better.
— Conor McCormick (@ConorMichael28) March 9, 2019
James Dolan is the worst owner in all of sports. So thin skinned. And not so bright. https://t.co/PbGpc3IXqO
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) March 9, 2019
Dolan was hit especially hard by the local papers, with Stefan Bondy at the New York Daily News giving a tough take on the Knicks’ notoriously thin-skinned owner.
Dolan even raised the ire of New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who suggested that the property-tax exemptions Dolan receives should be reconsidered if he continued to treat the arena as “his private stadium.”
Madison Square Garden gets over $40M/year in property tax breaks. If James Dolan wants to treat it as his private stadium & ban fans for merely suggesting he sell a team, then perhaps Albany should take his lead—and redirect those public dollars to Penn Station’s MTA facilities. https://t.co/yw46xPUvWt
— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) March 11, 2019
The senator said Madison Square Garden receives $US40 million in annual property-tax breaks.
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