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James Dolan defends MSG's silence following Floyd's death

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Madison Square Garden Company chairman James Dolan sent an email to employees Monday defending the organization's decision to not release a public statement following the death of George Floyd, according to ESPN's Malika Andrews.

"This is a turbulent time in our country. The coronavirus and civil unrest have taken their toll on our way of life," Dolan wrote. "We at Madison Square Company stand by our values of a respectful and peaceful workplace. We always will.

"As companies in the business of sports and entertainment, however, we are not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters. What's important is how we operate. Our companies are committed to upholding our values, which include creating a respectful workplace for all, and that will never change. What we say to each other matters. How we treat each other matters. And that's what will get us through this difficult time."

New York Knicks players and employees are furious that the team, which Dolan owns through MSG, has not released a statement, according to ESPN's Pablo S. Torre.

The New York Rangers, also owned by Dolan, have yet to release a statement despite several other NHL franchises doing so, including the New York Islanders.

Numerous sports executives, franchises, leagues, and other organizations across North America have condemned racial injustices faced by African-Americans following Floyd's death while in the custody of Minneapolis police on May 25.

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