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New York Knicks owner James Dolan responded to a fan who yelled “Sell the team!” at him as he left his seat at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, telling the fan his remark was rude and seemingly threatening to ban him from the arena.
In a video obtained by TMZ, Dolan walked over to the railing where the fan was standing and said, “You really think I should sell the team? You want to not come to any more games?”
When the fan told him it was an opinion, Dolan said, “It’s not an opinion. Enjoy watching them on TV.”
Dolan then appears to tell security guards to hold the fan.
“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,” a spokesperson from The Madison Square Garden Company said.
The owner had just gotten done watching the Knicks lose to the Sacramento Kings, 102-94, for their fifth straight loss.
The Knicks are an NBA-worst 13-53.
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Dolan told ESPN in an interview in December that he wouldn’t rule out selling the Knicks because he has a responsibility to his shareholders as the CEO of a publicly traded company.
Dolan said he gotten feelers as much as $5 billion but no “bona fide” offers.
Then last month, The Ringer’s Bill Simmons said on his podcast that he was told by “people who know things” at All-Star Weekend that Dolan is courting offers.
The Garden strongly refuted that claim.
“The story is 100% false,” the company said in a statement. “There has been nothing. No discussions. No plans to have discussions — nothing.”
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