On Saturday, just as the New York Knicks lost to the Sacramento Kings, a fan confronted the Knicks’ owner, James Dolan, shouting at him to “sell the team.” Dolan was headed toward the tunnel when he heard the fan yelling and stopped to get closer. Then, Dolan made an unexpected move.
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The incident involving Dolan and the fan was caught on camera.
“You think I should sell the team?” Dolan asked, according to a report by the Daily Mail. “You wanna not come to any more games?”
“Why?” the fan replied.
“Because that’s rude,” Dolan stated.
The fan counters back, saying, “It’s an opinion.”
“No, it’s not an opinion and, you know what, enjoy watching them on TV,” said Dolan, who then signals for security to hold the man.
Witnesses claim the man was held by police until the security team arrived, giving them a chance to establish the fan’s identity before asking him to leave the property.
“Our policy is and will continue to be that if you are disrespectful to anyone in our venues, we will ask you not to return,” said a Madison Square Garden spokesperson in a statement.
The Knicks are having an incredibly rough year, holding a 13-52 record, which is the worst across the entire NBA at this time. On Saturday, the Knicks failed to beat the Kings, adding the 102-94 loss to their record.
During a podcast, Bill Simmons of The Ringer said Dolan was considering offers related to selling the Knicks. He said Dolan wants to remain the owner of Madison Square Garden, which is the parent company of the Knicks, but has grown weary of dealing with public criticism surrounding the team’s performance.
However, Madison Square Garden claims “the story is 100 percent false,” adding in a statement, “There has been nothing. No discussions. No plans to have discussions – nothing.”