New York Knicks Owner James Dolan Resorts To Mob Tactics To Try To Shake State Liquor Authority Invesigator

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James Dolan is one of the NBA’s most recognizable teams owners.

Not only because Dolan owns the New York Knicks and, thus, Madison Square Garden. But also because Dolan loves the spotlight and causing controversy.

Take, for instance, his recent comments about using facial recognition technology at MSG.

“Facial recognition, right, is just the technology. I mean, when I walked into the studio, did you recognize my face? Facial recognition! Technology just makes you better at it,” Dolan said. “The real issue that’s going on here is our policy of not letting attorneys who are suing us into our building until they’re done suing us. When they’re done, they’re very much welcome back.”

Dolan reportedly used the technology to deny entrance to the arena to lawyers who are currently investigating MSG Entertainment.

But that’s just the beginning.

Owen Poindexter of Front Office Sports reports that Dolan has since hired a private investigator to trail state regulator who is evaluating MSG’s liquor license.

James Dolan is upping the ante in his battle against New York regulators.

The owner of the New York Knicks and Rangers, Madison Square Garden, and other venues and restaurants hired a private detective to follow New York State Liquor Authority investigator Charles Stravalle.

MSG Entertainment, which operates the Garden and other properties, acknowledged having done so, calling it “a common and lawful practice.” – via Front Office Sports

Poindexter reports that the ongoing investigation could have long-term implications for Dolan. The Knicks own reportedly wants to sell a portion of his stake in MSG Entertaining. He then reportedly intends “fund the construction of his $2.2 billion Las Vegas venue, MSG Sphere,” according to the report.

Dolan’s use of underhanded tactics isn’t anything new, as evidence by the prior steps he took to impede the investigation. But it’s still not a great look.