Dolan has come under fire as Knicks continue to struggle this season.
A man has been arrested after he threatened the life of New York Knicks owner James Dolan on Twitter, a police spokesman has confirmed.
John Giamella, 19, was arrested on Friday and charged with aggravated harassment for allegedly making threats via his Twitter account against Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden and owner of the New York Rangers.
“James Dolan, it’s officially time to die,” Giamella allegedly tweeted. That was followed by the tweet, “Death to James Dolan,” according to a police spokesman.
It is understood that he also posted pictures on his social media account showing him holding a gun, according to published reports as confirmed by ESPN.
The head of security at the Garden picked up on the threats and alerted police, who will now deal with the teenager and his punishment.
It has been a difficult year for Dolan, particularly with regards to the Knicks, as the franchise has fallen way below his pre-season expectations of challenging for an NBA title.
Mike Woodson’s team currently sit outside of the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, and with time running out in the regular season, it remains to be seen whether or not he can lead them forward and extend their campaign.
In addition, with Carmelo Anthony heading for free agency this summer, it is unclear as to whether he will re-sign with the Knicks, even though he hinted at such a scenario during the All-Star break, or decide on a new venture elsewhere with more realistic ambitions of a championship.
Having come under fire over the years for his management decisions, Dolan will be eager to put this behind him and focus on ensuring his teams are successful moving forward.