Knicks owner James Dolan sent a second email to staffers Tuesday to “clarify’’ his stance on why the club didn’t issue a statement regarding the police-related death of George Floyd, according to a source.
Dolan attempted to pacify unrest within the organization with the Knicks just one of two NBA teams not to issue a formal statement on Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis that has sparked protests, riots and looting.
Dolan went on a rant against racism in his second email.
“So let me be clear. We vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period,’’ Dolan wrote.
Dolan added, “Racism is born of ignorance.’’
SNY first reported the second email after the first was met with confusion by Knicks employees and prompted a virtual meeting by some staffers Tuesday morning. The Knicks’ Instagram account put up a post in support of Blackout Tuesday.
Here’s the text of the second email as confirmed by the Knicks:
Yesterday, I made a sincere attempt to provide my perspective on a very difficult issue, one that has no easy answers. I know how important this topic is to so many, and I do not want there to be any confusion about where I as an individual, or we as a company stand. So let me be clear: we vehemently condemn and reject racism against anyone, period. It is against every value that we hold dear.
My point yesterday was about actions, and the importance of living your values. At Madison Square Garden, we have worked hard to build an environment of inclusion and mutual respect and those are the values that we try to live every day. Racism is born of ignorance and it’s up to each of us to understand that the person working beside you is your equal without regard to color, or any of the other qualities that make us diverse. And any injustice to one person is an injustice to everyone.
This is how we at MSG fight racism. We start with ourselves, and through our actions, we define who we are. That is how we can be an example to the wider world. That was the point of my message yesterday.
I am proud of the environment you have created here. I know that this is a difficult time, and that we will always need to communicate with one another on the hard issues. I will continue to do as much as I can to help make our community even better. I know you will also.
In the first email Dolan explained he didn’t believe the Knicks were suited to comment publicly on police brutality. The Post reported some employees were disappointed in the email and ESPN reported players were “furious’’ and have been active on social media to express their horror over the police incident.