James Dolan once tried to get Knicks fan booted out of music festival over sign
It’s been a tumultuous week for James Dolan, and footage submitted by a New York Knicks fan from a music festival won’t help the embattled owner’s downward-spiraling PR push.
Knicks fan Kevin DiStasio took to Twitter Thursday to post video showing Dolan confronting him over a sign challenging the owner to sell the team during a performance with his blues band, JD & The Straight Shot.
Here is @JDSSband response to the sign I sent you @TheFrankIsola and @NBA. The man is a bully and a fraud. He has no business being affiliated with the @nyknicks . None. pic.twitter.com/SfUTztAsZH— Kevin DiStasio (@slickandquick) March 14, 2019
DiStasio later shared the sign that so offended Dolan at the show — which is believed to be the from the Pilgrimage Film Festival, which was held in 2016 — was brought to a halt.
He's so full of BS. Look at what he did to me @PilgrimageFest here in TN for this sign. pic.twitter.com/JM3d6SsWCu— Kevin DiStasio (@slickandquick) March 12, 2019
“There was no one there to watch him and his goofy little band. A few people. I held up my sign. And he stopped his concert,” DiStasio, 48, told the Daily News. “I wasn’t going anywhere. First he gave me his little lecture, trying to scare me away kind of thing.
“I think he thought it was Madison Square Garden where he was running the show,” DiStasio added. “But that wasn’t the case. And I didn’t leave. I didn’t have to leave. I didn’t have a sign that was vulgar or anything. But he got bent out of shape, certainly.”
DiStasio says he decided to come forward and share his story after a similar situation played out last week at Madison Square Garden involving a confrontation between Dolan and a fan who told him to sell the Knicks.
A fan told Knicks owner James Dolan to sell the team and he reacted by kicking him out of MSG and telling him to "Enjoy watching them on TV."— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) March 9, 2019
(via @TMZ_Sports) pic.twitter.com/dWKFolZQeF
Dolan later defended his actions, saying the fan at MSG set up an “ambush.”
Dolan has long had an acrimonious relationship with Knicks fans — highlighted by incidents like this one and this one, for example — throughout his ownership during which the organization has turned into an NBA laughingstock.
While the above footage is indeed old, it certainly showcases how Dolan’s thin skin during such incidents is not limited to what happens within the confines of Madison Square Garden.
It also merits noting that despite fans’ repeated attempts to convince him otherwise, Dolan insists he has no intention of selling the Knicks.