NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The man on the receiving end of James Dolan’s electronic fury says he was “totally” shocked to get a response from the Knicks owner after criticizing the direction of the franchise.
Irving Bierman, 73, said Monday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show that it was his first time ever writing to Dolan. In his email, Bierman asked Dolan to consider selling the team for the sake of the fans and blasted the hands-on owner for doing “a lot of utterly STUPID business things with the franchise.”READ MORE: Connecticut Man Who Tested Positive For Omicron Variant Resting At Home With Mild Symptoms, Gov. Lamont Says
“Look, I was just giving my feelings,” Bierman told Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. “I mean, I’m not a violent person. I’m not looking to — my biggest question is why? Why do you make these dumb, irrelevant decisions that tear down a franchise?”
In his reply that was originally published by the website Deadspin, Dolan called Bierman “a sad person” and “a hateful mess.” He went so far as to wonder if Bierman has a drinking problem: “You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it.”
“Absolutely not,” Bierman said. “The last time I had a drink was when I was 18 in high school.”
Dolan also told Bierman to root for the rival Brooklyn Nets “because the Knicks (don’t) want you.”
“To me, it was a joke,” said Bierman. “Everything he said to me was a joke. It had nothing to do with (what I wrote) in my original email.”
“I said ‘Thank you and good luck,’ ” Bierman said.READ MORE: Giants' Offense Sputters, Tagovailova Leads Dolphins To 5th Straight Win