During "The Michael Kay Show" on 98.7 ESPN New York on Tuesday, Dolan called the confrontation an "ambush" and said the fan sold the video to TMZ.
"Just for the record", Dolan declared, "I am not selling the team, and I am not quitting".
Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan is notoriously thin-skinned when it comes to the slightest bit of criticism. "From players, from representatives, it's about who wants to come", Dolan said. He also claimed that The Ringer's Bill Simmons, who reported last month that Dolan was "courting offers for the Knicks", was acting in concert with an National Basketball Association general manager to "destabilize" his team.
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Despite its poor showing over the past number of seasons, the New York Knicks still remain to be one of the richest franchises in the league as well as (supposedly) a prime destination for free agents.
"We're not quitting. We're not selling", he said.
"There are certain journalists that, you know, actually wish ill will toward the team", Dolan said in defense of his decision. As soon as they were done with it, it was immediately sold to TMZ. "They were stalking me", Dolan said. "You are not allowed to stalk the owner and then confront him like that". He said that changed when it "became clear that the whole thing was planned".
James Dolan seems confident NY will land elite talent this summer. But upon learning that the fan moved sections to film a confrontation with Dolan, the lifetime ban was issued. "We are definitely going to pay them, and we think that with them and the kids we have today, we can build a winning team".