Knicks CEO James Dolan Suggests Disgruntled Fan Is An Alcoholic Disappointment, Should Root For The Nets

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New York Knicks James Dolan is not known for his soft touch. Or his likability. But the response he sent to a letter from a disgruntled and lifelong fan seems a little over-the-top, even by spoiled billionaire standards.

From Deadspin, here is what loyal fan Irving Bierman sent to Dolan:

At one stage I thought that you did a wonderful thing when you acquired EVERYTHING from your dad. However, since then it has been ALL DOWN HILL. Your working with Isaiah Thomas & everything else regarding the Knicks. Bringing on Phil Jackson was a positive beginning, but lowballing Steve Kerr was a DISGRACE to the knicks. The bottom line is that you merely continued to interfere with the franchise.

As a knicks fan for in excess of 60 years, I am utterly embarrassed by your dealings with the Knicks. Sell them so their fans can at least look forward to growing them in a positive direction Obviously, money IS NOT THE ONLY THING. You have done a lot of utterly STUPID business things with the franchise. Please NO MORE.


[Aaron Bierman’s dad]

Alright. A little heavy on the ALL-CAPS but an unstandable plight. Perhaps it’s a little unrealistic to expect Dolan to sell the team and to take such accusations laying down.

This, however, seems like a needlessly mean rebuttal:

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM, James Dolan <> wrote:

Mr Bierman

You are a sad person. Why would anybody write such a hateful letter. I am.just guessing but ill bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess. What have you done that anyone would consider positive or nice. I am betting nothing. In fact ill bet you are negative force in everyone who comes in contact with you. You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it. Maybe it will help you become a person that folks would like to have around. In the mean while start rooting.for the Nets because the Knicks dont want you.


James Dolan

Christ. You can’t do that to an old man. Hell, you can’t do that to anyone.

“I bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess.”

“You most likely have made your family miserable.”

And then the implication that he is an alcoholic. What could Dolan have based that on? If anything, Bierman’s letter is the picture of sobriety. Barely any typos.

One can only imagine the nuclear response a letter criticizing Dolan’s sweet band would have garnered.

So in summation: Everything is just fine in Knickland. Thanks for asking.

[H/T: Deadspin]

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