The Madison Square Garden Company issues statement after James Dolan was filmed banning a fan
The Madison Square Garden Company have released a statement following a video of New York Knicks owner James Dolan ejecting a fan out of MSG.
The statement stands behind Dolan, per Bleacher Report’s Mike Chiari.
“Our policy is and will continue to be that if you are disrespectful to anyone in our venues, we will ask you not to return.”
Following the Knicks’ 104-92 home loss against the Sacramento Kings, James Dolan was already exiting the arena when a fan yelled at him to sell the team. He responded by calling the fan rude. Dolan also told the fan to “enjoy the games on TV.” Shortly, a group of police officers escorted the heckling fan out of MSG.
There are no confirmed reports on whether or not the fan is banned for life from attending Knicks games.
A similar incident happened in 2017. A fan also told Dolan to sell the team, which also led to that person being escorted out of the arena. It is unclear if that specific person has been able to watch a Knicks game at MSG since.
Knicks fans have been dealing with disappointing seasons for the past 15 years. They have only made the playoffs three times during that span, and the franchise seems to have no sense of urgency to turn things around.
However, the Knickerbockers will have a legitimate shot to instantly become contenders next season. They are bound to get a high lottery pick in this June’s draft. In addition, they have enough cap space to sign two players to max deals, and speculations are out there saying Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will likely end up in The Big Apple.
If New York fails to take advantage of such opportunity, more fans will likely call out Dolan to sell the team.