One of the fans who started the “sell the team” chant Wednesday late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ loss to Utah said he was indeed ejected with his cousins, but hopes the message ultimately forces owner James Dolan to put the club on the market.
Video showed four fans leaving their seats while chanting “sell the team” with security behind them. The Knicks said Wednesday night none of them were ejected or escorted out, but one of the fans, John, who asked his last name not be used, said that is untrue and were told they violated the Garden’s code of conduct.
“My cousins and I decided to start a ‘sell the team’ chant after another losing night in the Garden,” John, 22, said in a message. “We were immediately escorted out of our seats by eight-plus security guards and were interrogated for 15 minutes.
“Which led us to (being) fully escorted out because we violated ‘the Madison Square Garden code of conduct.’ The exit they took us out of was the same exit Spike Lee was talking about earlier this week.”
Told the Garden denied they were ejected, John responded, “They forced us to leave.”
“We are fed up and frustrated with the piss-poor product on the court and the incompetence of [Dolan,]” John added.
One of the Code of Conduct stipulations states: “Guests shall be respectful of others around them.” John said the motivation to start chanting was so Dolan takes their pleas to heart, but knows it’s a long shot.
“We are proud to say we started that chant,” John stated. “They just kept telling us we broke code of conduct and are not welcome back to our seats. We had to wait for a supervisor to see what his verdict was and he agreed with the usher/security guards that we had to leave and he was the one who escorted us out.”
Dolan has said repeatedly he won’t sell.
“We don’t think chanting ‘sell the team’ will work but we need to let him have a piece of our minds,” John said. “Dolan is the type of guy who will hold on to the Knicks just because he can. It is incredibly important he does sell because nothing will really change around the Knicks until someone else is in charge.