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James Dolan email recipient doesn’t want apology, he wants Knicks to win title


The man who was on the receiving end of the vitriolic email response from James Dolan after offering up an impassioned critique of his own regarding the sorry state of the organization doesn’t want an apology from the New York Knicks owner. Instead, he would much prefer a significant and dramatic turnaround of the woebegone basketball team in the place of an apology.

Irving Bierman, the 72-year-old Knicks fan residing in South Carolina who found himself at the center of a huge NBA story in the wake of the publicity surrounding Dolan’s fiery email response fired back at him, insists the only thing he wants is the Knicks organization to regain its lost glory.

“I’m not looking for an apology, all I want is improvement and to win a championship,’’ Bierman told the New York Post on Monday. “We’re not even competitive. They have not won one in [42] years. You think they’re going to turn it around in six months? Right now they’re sitting on the balls of their behinds.’’

He might be better off hoping for an apology from Dolan, an eventuality that in and of itself is a long shot a best.

Bierman last month sent off a fiery email of his own in which he savaged Dolan for the Knicks’ organizational ineptitude.

As a knicks fan for in excess of 60 years, I am utterly embarrassed by your dealings with the Knicks,” Bierman’s email read in part. “Sell them so their fans can at least look forward to growing them in a positive direction.”

“You are a sad person,” Dolan wrote in part in his now-well-publicized responsive email. “Why would anybody write such a hateful letter. I am just guessing but ill bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess. What have you done that anyone would consider positive or nice. I am betting nothing.

“In fact ill bet you are negative force in everyone who comes in contact with you,’’ Dolan added. “You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it. Maybe it will help you become a person that folks would like to have around.”

While Dolan’s response, which was full of cheap shots and personal attacks, arguably isn’t conduct befitting an NBA owner, won’t be the subject of any discipline from the league. Commissioner Adam Silver characterized Dolan as the “consummate New Yorker” in light of the content of the hostile email.

Bierman said Monday he has received no response from Dolan or the Knicks since the owner’s email went public.

“Haven’t heard from him, the Garden, the Knicks, the Nets — it’s putting their head in the sand — digging a hole and hiding,’’ Bierman said. “I was one of the many frustrated Knicks fans, and he went off the deep end.”

Bierman’s experience prompted a group of fellow disgruntled Knicks fans to launch a new website,, which implores Dolan to sell the team, a sentiment shared by Bierman.

(photo via Joan Bierman by way of New York Post)