We feel your pain, pal.
Thin-skinned Knicks owner James Dolan was gently berated by a fan Saturday afternoon in the final minutes of yet another ugly loss for his team at the Garden, according to video obtained by TMZ Sports.
The video shows an unidentified male yelling “Sell the team,” as Dolan escapes down the tunnel from his courtside seat at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
Of course, Dolan couldn’t let the innocent comment go. Instead he walked over to the railing and confronting the fan. Dolan called him “rude,” and then threatened a ban.
“You want to not come to any more games?” Dolan can be heard telling the fan. “That’s rude.”
He then added: “Enjoy watching them on TV.”
Witnesses told TMZ that two cops and security came over to ID and question the fan, who was then asked to leave.
“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,” the Madison Square Garden Company said in a statement to the Daily News.
Dolan’s tanking Knicks are now 13-53 — a season-worst 40 games below .500 — after Saturday’s matinee loss to the Kings, 102-94.
After a December report emerged that Dolan — tired of being berated by fans — wouldn’t rule out selling the Knicks, the Daily News ran a simple back page headline: “DO IT!”
The Knicks responded to the headline by barring Daily News Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy from a news conference with team president Steve Mills. Bondy was also excluded from a conference call discussing the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade.
The “DO IT!” headline came after Dolan sat down with ESPN for a lengthy profile and acknowledged that he’d consider selling the Knicks — and the Rangers — if the price was right. He said potential buyers had sent out “feelers.”
The Knicks — despite a 45-year title drought — are the NBA’s most valuable franchise at $3.6 billion, according to Forbes.
“I still have a responsibility to your shareholders. They're not there because they're fans. You don't invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a stock because you're a fan. You do it because you think that the business is going to increase in value, that the stock price is going to go up,” Dolan told ESPN. “You have a responsibility as the guy who runs the place to deliver on that for them, that's being open and transparent. And so in that position, I could never say that I wouldn't consider selling the Knicks. Now, my family is not in that position, and they are the majority shareholders. They hold the majority of the vote. ... As a majority owner, I don't want to sell, either."
Dolan also said encounters — like the one at the Garden on Saturday — “happens all the time. Even at dinner.
“It’s not fun,” he added.
The topic of Dolan selling the Knicks came up again during the All-Star break when sports personality Bill Simmons said on his podcast that Dolan was looking for a buyer.
“Multiple people told me this, who know things. James Dolan is courting offers for the Knicks. It’s happening. It’s on. It’s go-time. He’s courting offers for the Knicks. That’s what I heard at All-Star weekend from people I trust,” Simmons said on his podcast on his The Ringer website.
The Garden issued a firm denial.
“The story is 100% false. There has been nothing. No discussions. No plans to have discussions — nothing,” MSG said in a statement last month.