New York Knicks owner James Dolan frequently finds himself under fire for things he does. Now, he’s being criticized for something he didn’t do.
As of last night, the Knicks were one of two NBA teams that did not send out a statement regarding the death of George Floyd and the ongoing nationwide protests. The San Antonio Spurs were the other–though head coach Gregg Popovich clearly made his feelings known in an interview with The Nation’s Dave Zirin.
Yesterday, ESPN’s Pablo Torre reported that Knicks players and employees were “furious” at Dolan’s silence. He also obtained a copy of an internal memo Dolan sent out that explains why he and the organization stayed silent.
Now, things are further coming to a head. Torre reported that “dozens of disgruntled MSG employees” are in the process of meeting to discuss Dolan’s memo and lack of public stance.
“It’s the equivalent of a players-only meeting, except it’s the non-player employees meeting,” Torre wrote.
I have just been told that dozens of disgruntled MSG employees are currently meeting, without Jim Dolan, to discuss Dolan's internal memo and position on this subject. It's the equivalent of a players-only meeting, except it's the non-player employees meeting. https://t.co/1Cm8DR4YDQ
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) June 2, 2020
Torre also discussed the reported meeting during an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz this morning.
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) June 2, 2020
The Knicks did participate in today’s #BlackoutTuesday viral posting on Instagram, but Dolan still has not released an official statement.
Whether or not you think he should, there are apparently several people who work for him who feel he must. Torre’s reporting makes that clear.