James Dolan writes second email to Knicks after reported backlash

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Knicks owner James Dolan sent a second email to staff Tuesday to “clarify” his position on why the club did not issue a statement regarding the death of George Floyd on grounds of police, according to a source.

Dolan attempted to pacify organizational unrest with the Knicks, one of two NBA teams, so as not to issue an official statement on the death of Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis, which has sparked protests, riots and looting.

Dolan launched a rant against racism in his second email.

“So let me be clear. We vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period, “wrote Dolan.

Dolan added, “Racism is born out of ignorance.”

SNY first reported the second email after the first encountered confusion among Knicks workers and caused a virtual meeting by some staff Tuesday morning. The Knicks’ Instagram account published an article in favor of Blackout Tuesday.

Here is the text of the second email confirmed by the Knicks:

Yesterday, I made a sincere effort to give my point of view on a very difficult question, which has no easy answers. I know how important this subject is to many, and I don’t want there to be any confusion as to my position as an individual or as a society. So let’s be clear: we vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period. It is against all value that is dear to us.

Yesterday I was talking about actions and the importance of living your values. At Madison Square Garden, we have worked hard to create an environment of inclusion and mutual respect and these are the values ​​we try to live by everyday. Racism is born out of ignorance and it is up to each of us to understand that the person who works by your side is your equal regardless of color or any of the other qualities that make us different. And any injustice towards a person is an injustice for everyone.

This is how we at MSG fight racism. We start with ourselves and with our actions, we define who we are. This is how we can be an example to the rest of the world. This was the subject of my message yesterday.

I am proud of the environment you have created here. I know this is a difficult time and that we will always need to communicate with each other on difficult issues. I will continue to do everything I can to help make our community even better. I know you do too.

In the first email, Dolan said he did not think the Knicks were able to comment publicly on police brutality. The Post reported that some employees were disappointed with the email, and ESPN said the players were “furious” and were active on social media to express their horror at the police incident.

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