James Dolan is the owner of the New York Knicks, but he’s, arguably, the worst pro sports owner on the planet right now. Just suggesting that probably puts me on the banned list at Madison Square Garden because, as we saw this past weekend, any suggestion that Dolan and/or the Knicks suck typically results in some form of punishment.
Look, if James Dolan doesn’t want to sell the Knicks, fine. Honestly, I personally don’t have a dog in the fight. However, since the guy took over the franchise in 1999, they’ve been miserable, tarnishing a pretty solid tradition by flopping on head coaching hires, missing on big-time free agents and, generally speaking, being poorly run by the owner.
While James Dolan was caught on camera banning a Knicks fan from The Garden during a recent game, it turns out that the dude went to even greater lengths last summer at a music festival, getting some dude booted because he held up a sign suggesting Dolan sell the Knicks. No, I’m not even joking. That’s how butt hurt this dude over how bad he is as an owner.
According to the NY Post, a man holding a sign that read “Quit Your Day Job. Sell the Knicks,” directed the message towards James Dolan as the owner’s blues band, JD and the Straight Shot, were on stage at last year’s Pilgrimage Film Festival. The rest is history, because take a look at the interaction between the two in a video that was recently put on Twitter.
Apparently, telling James Dolan to sell the Knicks takes him to a bad place, because, as he told radio host Michael Kay the other day, it’s suggesting he quit, and he’s “not a quitter. Hilarious reasoning from a bilionaire owner, right?
As miserable of a person as James Dolan sounds, it gets even better, guys. That’s because, when asked about the most recent incident that was captured on video last weekend when he told security to escort the fan from Madison Square Garden — and banning him moving forward — just listen to the paranoid reason Dolan thinks the fan was heckling him.
Per the NY Post:
“If you want to go right into [Saturday’s] incident, it’s pretty easy. It appears this gentleman and his friends planned to do this. Just before the game they cleared their profiles out. We have video which shows them moving from one side of the arena to the other and pointing at me, where I was walking, to set this ambush up and they did. As soon as they were done with it, it was immediately sold to TMZ.
“Not for nothing, I shouldn’t have taken the bait,” he said. “I will say we had just lost, again, and believe it or not I get frustrated with it, too. … I don’t mind. You hear all kinds of stuff, but what is a problem is when someone becomes confrontational. These people clearly were there for a confrontation.”
James Dolan is a lunatic. If that gets me forever banned from ever stepping foot at a New York Knicks game again, so be it. The guy is in a city with the harshest media, where people need to have thick skin, yet he wilts under any pressure of someone calling him out. Pathetic.