Friday February 13th, 2015

New York Knicks owner James Dolan said he should not have responded to a fan who sent him an angry email, according to the New York Post.

The fan, 72-year-old Irving Bierman, requested that Dolan "Sell [the Knicks] so their fans can at least look forward to growing them in a positive direction."

In response, Dolan wrote that Bierman "most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe," adding that Bierman should "start rooting.for the Nets because the Knicks don't want you."  

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On Friday, Dolan explained why he replied to Bierman. From the Post:

"Here's what happened: I was sent a bad, hateful email," Dolan said. "I get emails all the time, like I'm sure you understand. I generally don’t respond to the bad ones. This one, it caught me at the wrong moment and I responded sort of like tit for tat.

"I knew I shouldn’t have done that, but I did it anyway because it made me angry — it was a personal, hateful attack. Basically it's over and we got All-Star Weekend. I'd love it if we all just focused on that."

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told the paper Monday that Dolan will not be punished for the email.

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