James Dolan sends second email to MSG workers in effort to clarify silence regarding George Floyd

Ian Begley

The day after sending an email to employees explaining why Madison Square Garden teams have remained silent regarding the death of George Floyd and protests against police brutality and racial injustice that have been taking place in the United States, Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan sent another email to employees seeking to clarify his prior stance.

The letter, obtained by SNY, reads as follows:

Yesterday, I made a sincere attempt to provide my perspective on a very difficult issue, one that has no easy answers. I know how important this topic is to so many, and I do not want there to be any confusion about where I as an individual, or we as a company stand. So let me be clear: we vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period. It is against every value that we hold dear.

My point yesterday was about actions, and the importance of living your values. At Madison Square Garden, we have worked hard to build an environment of inclusion and mutual respect and those are the values that we try to live every day. Racism is born of ignorance and it's up to each of us to understand that the person working beside you is your equal without regard to color, or any of the other qualities that make us diverse. And any injustice to one person is an injustice to everyone.

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

I am proud of the environment you have created here. I know that this is a difficult time, and that we will always need to communicate with one another on the hard issues. I will continue to do as much as I can to help make our community even better. I know you will also.

The Knicks are one of two teams that haven't released statements in the aftermath of Floyd's death. The San Antonio Spurs are the other team, but head coach Gregg Popovich had plenty to say about Floyd's death and American politics in an interview with The Nation.

According to ESPN's Pablo Torre, Knicks players and employees were angry over Dolan's decision not to put out a statement. The report said Wednesday that MSG employees met, without Dolan, to discuss the Knicks' lack of a statement.

Knicks players, including Damyean Dotson, Taj Gibson and Julius Randle have addressed the death of Floyd on social media. Dennis Smith Jr. attended a protest with rapper J. Cole, Smith's friend.


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