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New York teenager arrested, charged with allegedly making online threats to Knicks owner James Dolan

Feb 23, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT

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Knicks fans have endured a rough season rooting for their team this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to wish harm on those running the franchise.

One teenager in New York allegedly did just that, and now finds himself in trouble with local law enforcement.

From CBS New York (via HoopsHype):

A Staten Island teenager was arrested for allegedly threatening New York Knicks owner James Dolan.

As WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell reported Friday, 19-year-old John Giamella was arrested and hauled into court on a charge of aggravated harassment for allegedly making threats online against Dolan.

He said of the Knicks owner in his email postings, “it’s officially time to die — I really hate James Dolan.”

Apparently, the authorities don’t read Twitter during the team’s games.

All kidding aside, it’s just basketball, people. Taking things to this level, and especially putting it in writing on the Internet for the entire world to see won’t help your favorite team improve any faster.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    I’ve been following the knicks, n I think this teenager is my hero lol… just a frustrating ball club. Hahaha.

    • culppeper - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      If the judge in this case follows the Knicks, Im sure he would understand and drop all the charges against this kid!

  2. boondocksaint224 - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    I’m no Knicks fan, but I gotta say, the kid’s heart was in the right place.

  3. phaden27 - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Dolan later responded to the teenager by banning him from the VIP lounge for life.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM


  4. southsidegroovin281 - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Police can find a acne faced teenager making threats online but couldn’t find the ppl who murdered Tupac or Notorious BIG??? Priorities.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      The stupid kid made it easy for the cops.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      Well they would’ve been able to do that quite easily had their murderers first announced their intentions online.

    • reesesteel23 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      You watched that Chris rock stand-up last night too? Hilarious

  5. minnesotablizzard - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Online crimes are a joke. How can anyone take this trial seriously? Does anyone take this country or legal system seriously anymore?

  6. shuttaman1990 - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    So he sent him an email?
    what an idiot.
    Anyways Knicks are bums, say bye bye to melo

    Lakers……Wait for itttttt…. ALLL DAY

  7. djshnooks - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:13 AM

    Funny how James Dolan takes this so seriously that he gets the kid locked up…

    BUT, his players get this ALL DAY, EVERY DAY…from the fans in the bleachers, fans on the street…and yes, fans on twitter.

    Does he have anything to say about that…about the protection of his employees? That should be asked.

  8. campcouch - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    funny how an 18 or 19 year old can be called a “kid” for one thing and then a “man” for another. joking or not,he made a threat and if someone wants to be a jerk about it,they can say they fear for their safety. I bet the guy doesn’t email stuff like that out again lol

  9. revren10 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    It’s the Knicks who cares

  10. dadeyemi - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    tbh, Knicks fans are going to side with this kid over Dolan.

  11. unpossibleproductions - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    As a Knick fan, the words of Chris Rock come to mind, “I’m not saying I approve, but I understand.”

  12. 00maltliquor - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    This is a funny thread! Lol

  13. jimeejohnson - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    CantonPeBrainBound finally lost that last little pea called his brain.

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