Knicks fans will gather outside Madison Square Garden to protest James Dolan on March 19.
“We understand Dolan will not sell. We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard,” Anthony Samaroo said in an email to The Knicks Blog.
Samaroo cited Dolan’s “failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball related decisions” and that, “Steve Mills has yet to speak to the media or fans about the state of the team since he came back,” as the main reasons for the protest.
He told The Knicks Blog that there was a person who spearheaded the protest who does not want to be identified because they had already received death threats.
“We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better,” Samaroo said.
The group is planning a “peaceful and respectful demonstration,” the group said on their Facebook page, KF4L Rally Page.
Harris DeckerIt was really interesting speaking with Anthony. He’s clearly a passionate Knicks fan and instead of just complaining on social media, he decided to do something about it.
We all know the realities. A protest outside Madison Square Garden isn’t going to change much. James Dolan isn’t likely to walk away from the team because of this. But still, voicing concerns is important for a franchise. It’s complacency that kills teams and the fact that this is being organized shows the passion that Knicks fans have.
What disturbs me are the threats that Anthony discussed. When you boil it down, we are talking sports. We are talking entertainment. While people can have strong opinions, threats are a different ball game. I respect the organizers of this rally for putting themselves out there and leading a cause that many fans would love to get behind.
We’ve reached out to Madison Square Garden for a comment. They have not responded.