Knicks owner James Dolan says he called fan an a–hole ‘because he is an a–hole’

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Knicks owner James Dolan — who has a history of treating fans harshly accusing them of being drunks — treated a fan harshly and accused him of being drunk.

Dave McKenna of Deadspin:

Mike Hamersky, a self-described New York Knicks superfan and season ticket holder from Astoria, claims that team owner James Dolan got in his face last night outside Madison Square Garden and screamed mean things.

“I did call him an asshole,” Dolan tells me, “because he is an asshole.”

“Sell the team, Jim!” Hamersky shouted.

Hamersky says Dolan then accused him of being intoxicated, and the owner instructed his security detail to make sure that he not be allowed in the building.

“He had an open bottle of beer and smelled of alcohol, and I told him he wasn’t going in,” Dolan tells me. Dolan adds that his friend and Eagles manager Irving Azoff, who was accompanying the owner during the fracas, agreed that the heckler reeked of booze.

Hamersky denies being intoxicated, saying that he’d come to the Garden straight from instructing a Fordham law class, and wouldn’t have had time to get drunk before the game even if the spirit was willing.

“I didn’t smell of alcohol,” he says.

McKenna has more details of the incident from those there, including Dolan, who mostly makes himself look bad as he explains himself.

The Charles Oakley incident obviously drew the most attention, but this par for the course for Dolan — including digging the hole deeper by talking.

What a “consummate New Yorker.”