Dozens of disgruntled Madison Square Garden employees have recently met, without CEO and New York Knicks head man James Dolan, to discuss the internal memo sent out on Monday and their position on the subject, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.
Torre shone a light on the memo the Knicks owner sent out while a bevy of employees questioned why the team and company had yet to express support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the murder of George Floyd last week.
I'm told that Knicks players and employees are furious that the team hasn't made a public statement about George Floyd. And I just obtained the e-mail that owner Jim Dolan sent to MSG employees today defending the organization's decision to stay silent: pic.twitter.com/xG1BA7tV5V
— Pablo Torre (@PabloTorre) June 2, 2020
The Knicks are one of two NBA teams who have yet to release a statement on the matter. The other is the San Antonio Spurs, who have gotten a grand pass due to the outspoken nature of their coach Gregg Popovich, who took part on an op-ed recently published by USA TODAY.
Dolan's memo deemed the company as “not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters.”
Teams like the Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks put out some strange statements that failed to address the murder in full and did not properly denounce the racism that has long plagued the country. Others like the Washington Wizards allowed some of their black employees to speak on behalf of the organization — an exemplary display of awareness as they denounced racism and police brutality.
While Dolan could be trying to avoid further mockery — something the Knicks are plenty familiar with — the lack of a heartfelt sentiment regarding this matter has left many furious and disgruntled at the decision.
There's no telling what may come out of the meeting just yet, but having a closed-door meeting behind the CEO is never a good sign when it comes to hierarchy. If a mutiny is on the works, Dolan better hold onto the ship wheel, as it's bound to be a bumpy ride.