NEW YORK (77 WABC) — New York Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan broke his silence on Tuesday over the May 25 police-involved killing of George Floyd. The MSG executive chairman and CEO released a statement that was later tweeted out from the social media accounts of the Knicks, Rangers, Madison Square Garden and other MSG owned properties.
“Every one of us has a role to play in creating a more just and equal society, where there is no racism, bigotry, violence or hate,” the statement read. “We stand with all who act for positive change.”
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) June 9, 2020
Dolan has faced increasing criticism as his organizations remained silent over the death of Floyd, which has sparked protests across the country. The pressure intensified after an internal email to MSG employees was leaked to ESPN.
“As companies in the business of sports and entertainment, however,” part of the email read. “We are not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters.”
Another email was sent out later trying to clarify the company’s position.
While the company had remained silent, many of its most notable employees hadn’t. Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr marched in a rally in Fayetteville, N.C, while others used social media to voice their opinion.
New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba voiced his support for those calling for change in the United States in a series of Tweets.