New York, June 3 – James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks, says he condemns “racism against anyone” in a second email after which he sent his employees Monday, stating that “the Madison Square Garden is not more qualified than anyone to offer its opinion on social matters “and that generated great controversy.
“Yesterday I made a sincere attempt to provide my perspective on a very difficult matter, one that has no easy answers,” Dolan wrote in Tuesday’s email, adding, “I know how important this topic is to many and I don’t I want there to be no confusion about where I am as an individual or us as a company. ”
“Let me be clear: we condemn and vehemently reject racism against anyone. Period,” he stresses.
Most NBA teams made public statements condemning racism in the days after George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis.
Floyd, an African American man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee against the detainee’s neck for more than eight minutes.
In his email Monday, Dolan said some employees had asked him if the entity was going to make a public statement, noting that his team was “no more than anyone” to come in to assess social issues. “We maintain the values of being
a peaceful and respectful workplace, “indicated the leaked email on social media.
“My point yesterday was about stocks and the importance of living your values,” says Dolan in his Tuesday email.
“At Madison Square Garden, we have worked hard to build an environment of inclusion and mutual respect, and those are the values we strive to live every day.”
“Racism is born out of ignorance and it is up to each of us to understand that the person who works alongside them is their equal regardless of color or any of the other qualities that make us diverse. And any injustice to a person is an injustice for all, “says the statement.
“This is how we at MSG fight racism. We start with ourselves, and through our actions, we define who we are. This is how we can be an example to the world at large. That was the point of my message yesterday.”