New York Knicks: James Dolan Blames Fan Altercation on Alcohol
Mar 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks owner James Dolan implied another fan with an issue has a problem with alcohol. That seems to be his go-to excuse.

NBA owners hear criticism from fans all the time. They typically confront them on the sidewalk and scream in their face, right?

New York Knicks season ticket Mike Hamersky tells Deadspin that Knicks owner James Dolan got right in his face and started screaming at him after Hamersky yelled: “Sell the team, Jim!”

Dolan responded to the allegations via Deadspin emphatically.

“Hell, yeah, I did!”

“I did call him an a******,” Dolan tells me, “because he is an a*******.”

Stay classy Jim.

Then Dolan went to his go-to excuse for a negative fan reaction: They must be drunk.

“He had an open bottle of beer and smelled of alcohol, and I told him he wasn’t going in,”

Dolan will always be a villain with fans of the Knicks. He’s rich, arrogant, and his teams have always stunk. The spoiled billionaire has always handled criticism like a child, and when a disgruntled fan confronted him before Tuesday’s game, he only made things worse.

When Charles Oakley was thrown out of the arena back in Feb, it was Dolan who took the blame from fans. Like the situation with, he couldn’t have handled it worse.

The lead singer of the band JD & the Straight Shot went on the Michael Kay Radio Show and implied that Oakley had a problem with alcohol. Do you see a pattern here?Dolan, a recovering alcoholic himself, didn’t gain any points back with that one.

Dolan, a recovering alcoholic himself, didn’t earn any points back with that one.

You’re aways going to be a villain in New York Dolan. Even if your team starts to win you won’t get any credit.

If you believe that you’re blameless in this mess, then ignore the fans when they yell things at you. Or you could just sell the team.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.