James Dolan is once again in the headlines
It’s well known that New York Knicks’ CEO James Dolan doesn’t have many fans of his own in the New York City area.
Maggie Gray of WFAN went on a rant about Dolan during the summer where she called him “vile piece of trash,” as well as many other things.
Gray’s rant was due to the fact that Dolan and his band came out with a song about how they should have known that Harvey Weinstein was sexually harassing women.
Gray thought it was hypocritical given the fact that Madison Square Garden in the past was found liable for being an unsafe work environment after the Anucha Browne Sanders sexual harassment suit in 2007.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post is reporting that Dolan and MSG have banned their employee for working with WFAN and Entercom. This of course includes Knicks and Rangers players and MSG broadcasters from making any appearance on their platforms, which are all over the country.
Gray did end up apologizing just last week for her rant, since it personally attacked Dolan.
“I really didn’t mean to cause the pain that I did cause,” Gray said. “Name-calling isn’t OK.”
If Gray didn’t take so long to apologize, I wonder if Dolan would have retaliated the way he did.
MSG has released a statement, while Entercom hasn’t.
“Entercom aired a hate-filled rant directed towards MSG, its employees and its Executive Chairman in August of this year,” Kim Kerns of MSG, told the NY Post. “They chose to take no action to remedy this until the start of this season. Only after learning they would not receive special access to players and coaches did they elect to offer an insincere half-hearted apology. We wish them no ill will. However, we decline to carry on a business relationship. We will continue to afford Entercom league-mandated access only.”
Well it’s a good thing that both the Knicks and Rangers air their games on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
Now I can’t say that I blame Dolan for his retaliation. But with his reputation not being good, he looks really petty by making this move.
The good news for Dolan is that so far it looks like he’s finally put the right people in charge with Scott Perry, Steve Mills and David Fizdale.
I’m waiting for the day in which Dolan doesn’t make the headlines for the wrong reasons.
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