New York Knicks owner James Dolan was recently the subject of a viral video in which a fan shouted: “Sell the team” at the Madison Square Garden chairman as he was exiting the arena. Subsequently, Dolan told the fan “Enjoy watching [the Knicks] on TV.”
A fan told Knicks owner James Dolan to sell the team and he reacted by kicking him out of MSG and telling him to "Enjoy watching them on TV." ?
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) March 9, 2019
Now, a few days later and after media backlash, it seems Dolan was serious and stands behind his intent to bar the heckler from Madison Square Garden for life. Appearing Tuesday on The Michael Kay Show, which airs on ESPN 98.7 as well as the YES Network, Dolan stated he had been “stalked” by the fan in question, and that the altercation was a “setup” given how quickly the footage was sold to TMZ.
Knicks & Rangers owner James Dolan explains why he banned a fan for life from Madison Square Garden. pic.twitter.com/RmSE0TnO9k
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) March 12, 2019
Serving as owner of the New York Knicks since 1999, James Dolan has more often than not drawn the ire of Knicks fans during his tenure in charge of the team. With the team currently sitting at 13-55, and engaging in such antics as having legendary Knicks enforcer Charles Oakley thrown out of Madison Square Garden in 2017, it’s safe to say many Knicks fans would welcome it if James Dolan did indeed sell the Knicks, as he continues to deny as an option.