James Dolan to forfeit control of the New York Knicks

James Dolan to forfeit control of the New York Knicks

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When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one franchise to dissolve the legal ownership bands which have connected them with their proprietor, and to assume among the powers of the league, the separate and equal station to which the laws of free agency and sustainable growth entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of their supporters requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Whenever any form of ownership becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the supporters of said franchise to alter or abolish it, and to institute new management, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their team’s success and happiness.

The history of the present owner of the New York Knickerbockers is a history of repeated injuries and embarrassments, all resulting in the establishment of a dark cloud of disgrace over this great city. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

  • He has shown complete ineptitude while hiring staff over the duration of his tenure. Examples include but not limited to Scott Layden, Phil Jackson, and Isiah Thomas on multiple occasions.
  • He has embarrassed himself and the franchise on many occasions by allowing drama with former all-time great Knicks players for petty and selfish reasons in public. This includes Latrell Sprewell, Patrick Ewing and most publicly Charles Oakley. We as fans will always side with our players who have given their blood, sweat and tears for this city, and will always be true Knickerbockers.
  • He has embarrassed himself and the franchise on many occasions by showing his thin skin and immature demeanor in public by banning fans from Madison Square Garden for voicing their opinions. This shows a clear lack of understanding of who the NY sports fan is and how to deal with us properly.
  • He has turned Madison Square Garden and the Knicks into a toxic work environment from sexual harassment settlements, strict media relations policies, and meddling in the basketball operations without qualification to the point that no top-tier potential free agents would even consider playing in the Mecca of Basketball, let alone even meeting with the front office. Over the course of his tenure, we have not been able to retain any quality players drafted and discourage stars from coming to MSG. This has cost the franchise millions in fines, legal fees, and not to mention two decades of on-court success.
  • He has been sued by the shareholders of Madison Square Garden for dereliction of duty citing his focus remains with his band as opposed to the franchise he claims he wants to fix.
  • In March 2020, he has once again embarrassed himself and the franchise by unnecessarily harassing our brother Spike Lee, mistreating one of the truest fans in sports. Not only have they publicly mishandled the aftermath of this event, they have gone as far as attempting to smear Spike via Garden press releases in true Dolan immature fashion.

We must, therefore, demand the immediate sale of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden as a whole so that this city, franchise and fan base can attempt to rebuild this team into what it once was, a beacon of pride and joy for the city of New York in the World’s Most Famous Arena. If unwilling to do so voluntarily, we ask that the NBA Commissioner and the powers that govern the league’s membership to take action. This is for the better good of the franchise and the league as a whole.

This situation must be rectified for the better good of the people of New York, and all of us Knicks fans who have been with this team long before the Dolan's became involved, and will be here long after.

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