Knicks issue statement after James Dolan was filmed banning a fan

Tanya Simon
March 12, 2019

New York Knicks owner James Dolan made headlines over the weekend after threatening to ban a fan who told him to sell the team. He then asked the fan if he would like to not come to anymore Knicks games and called him rude.

We're told there were other fans heckling Dolan, but he singled out the guy who doesn't want him to be the owner anymore. According to TMZ Sports, which first posted the video, witnesses said the fan was asked to present identification to police and arena security, who also asked him some questions.

It shouldn't have taken Dolan's latest flareup with a Knicks fan for someone in Albany to see the problem.

He was arrested at Madison Square Garden in February 2017 and removed from his courtside seat after an apparent argument with New York's owner.

That likely means Dolan will continue to line his pockets while both he and long-suffering Knicks fans sing the blues.

If the Knicks want to attract elite free agents in the offseason, they'll have to overcome a dismal reputation born of almost 20 years of losing, as well as at least some players' potential worries about dealing with the NY media.

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The biggest reason for that is the Knicks, despite being the worst team in the National Basketball Association, are also the most valuable.

'You think I should sell the team?' Dolan begins.

Oakley has a rocky history with Dolan.

He was later charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault, one misdemeanor count of aggravated harassment, and one misdemeanor count of trespassing.

"This man told the security guards to throw me out for no reason", Oakley told Isola.

The Knicks are dead last in the National Basketball Association with a 13-54 record and have won one playoff series since 2000. Look at what happened to me and the other fans in NY.

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