Hell hath no fury like James Dolan scorned. The controversial Knicks boss is pouring cash into the effort to help GOP Congressional candidate Nicole Malliotakis beat incumbent Democratic Staten Island Rep. Max Rose — all because Rose recently trash-talked his ownership of the perennially losing New York Knicks.
“Max Rose thinks he can make our team and my ownership his political platform,” Dolan wrote in a personal email to friends last week that was obtained by The Post. “I need to let him know that we will not stand for this. The best way to do this is to help his opponent. He is in a tight race for the US Congress in Staten Island. … Please join me in helping Nicole defeat Max Rose for Congress.”
A $50,000 check from MSG Sports was cut Tuesday to “The Governing Majority Fund,” a PAC run by former Reps. John Faso and Jeff Denham, Dolan confirmed. The PAC’s mission is to help Republicans take back the House. “Faso said Dolan got pissed off at Max Rose because he said something about the Knicks being a sh–ty team and then Dolan turned around and wrote a $50,000 check to his PAC,” a source close to Faso told The Post.
In an hour-long “fireside chat” with Yale students —recorded on September 10 and posted Friday— Joe Tsai says some “very, very emotional conversations” with his players led him to make the commitment he and his wife Clara have made to social justice, including his $50 million Social Justice Fund for Brooklyn announced in August.
“The background is the Brooklyn Nets and the NBA,” said Tsai when asked about his commitment. “Since the killing of George Floyd, I think the country has been thrown into kind of a turmoil. The teams and the team owners and the players have kind of felt this very strongly. The fact is with the NBA we have a league where our elite players, our stars, are 70 to 80 percent black. and this is very, very personal to our players and by extension, when we have our conversations with our players, I started to realize that the issue of racial injustice is a deep-rooted problem with 400+ years of history that you can’t solve overnight but you have to face it like directly. You have to face it now. You have to have that conversation. You can’t skirt it.”
“I’ve never come across this, but when I see a policeman on the streets, I don’t run away. There’s no fear, but as I have conversations with our players and also some friends, people that we know who are black, they start to pour out,” said Tsai, who grew emotional himself as he described the conversations. “I mean they … it’s a very, very emotional conversation. We’ve been in a lot of these emotional conversations about the kind of life that they lead that’s different because certain people see other people by the color of their skin and not by what they do and what they accomplish…”
In a letter dated September 9, 2020, the CEO, Owner, President, and VP of Finance of SME Steel Contractors laid out their concerns to the Jazz and Miller. The company notified the Utah Jazz and owner Gail Miller that it will not renew its licensing agreement or make further payment until “the NBA and its franchises again offer sports and entertainment rather than divisive political propaganda.”
NBA legend Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin today announced the formation of a new NASCAR Cup Series race team that will begin competition for the 2021 season. Rising NASCAR star Bubba Wallace has signed a multi-year deal to drive for the yet-to-be-named, single car team.
“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life,” said Jordan. “The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to the recent commitment and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as a chance to educate a new audience and open more opportunities for Black people in racing.”