Worldwide, there have been protests against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. The sports world has lent its voice to the cause, with the likes of top athletes such as LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter.
There were also teams that did the same. However, the Knicks and Spurs are the only two teams that have not made an official statement on the matter.
According to ESPN’s Pablo Torre, Knicks players and employees are “furious” and no ownership claims have been made. Owner James Dolan faced that frustration in a Madison Square Garden Company-level email that SNY got and probably didn’t help curb it.
Dolan explained his silence:
“We know some of you have asked if our company will make a public statement about the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. I want you to know, I realize the importance of the matter. Therefore, I want to understand our internal position.
This is a turbulent period in our country. Coronavirus and civil unrest have put a strain on our lifestyle. We at Madison Square Garden uphold our values of a respectful and peaceful workplace. We will always do it.
As companies in the sports and entertainment sector we are no more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters. The important thing is how we operate. Our companies are committed to upholding our values, including creating a workplace that is respectful for everyone and that will never change. What we say to ourselves is important. The way we treat ourselves is important. And that’s what will make us overcome this difficult moment.”