Posted February 24, 2014

Teenager arrested for threatening Knicks owner James Dolan on Twitter

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James Dolan (left) attended a recent Knicks game with actress Katie Holmes. (James Devaney/Getty Images)

James Dolan (left) attended a recent Knicks game with actress Katie Holmes. (James Devaney/Getty Images)

John Giamella, a 19-year-old from Staten Island, was arrested on Friday and charged with harassment after allegedly threatening the life of Knicks owner James Dolan on Twitter, according to multiple reports.

“James Dolan, it’s officially time to die,” Giamella allegedly tweeted.

Police said that was followed by a tweet that read “Death to James Dolan.”

Giamella, the son of a New York City cop, also reportedly posted photos of himself naked while holding a gun and another of him holding a sharp metal object to his neck, according to the New York Daily News.

The head of security at Madison Square Garden contacted police after becoming aware of the threats, the spokesman said.

Dolan, 58, is the chairman of Madison Square Garden and owner of the New York Rangers. He’s also the son of Charles Dolan, the founder of the cable TV company Cablevision, which the Dolan family continues to own.

The Knicks are currently 21-35 and have only one playoff series win since 2000. The Rangers are 32-24-3 but haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1994.


26 comments
HannahAbbott
HannahAbbott

I don't see how that is a threat. . . hope he gets a good attorney and sues the NYCPD for billions . . .

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

So thats considered a death threat now? 

I have to assume me saying something like "Its time for the 99% to rise up against the 1%" would now be considered a death threat as well?

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

So the Knicks still have fans? New York is a giant disappointment. 

MrArlington
MrArlington

Dolan was  never in any real danger. I am confident that this 19 year old will be found to have mental illness and this will be out of the news.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Dolan deserves a public stoning for giving Knicks fans the Isiah Thomas era. 

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

Judging by the reaction of the NYPD there are very few, if any, Tweets where one person threatens the life of another. So of course, this one needed their full attention and corresponding action.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Judging by past events (specifically 2012), if the Knicks owner were a Republican running for office, all of this would have been A-OK with the authorities.

NYKJumper
NYKJumper

There's a difference between "Death to James Dolan" and "I'm going to kill you.." While the former is open to interpretation  - although in this case, I doubt the images posted by the defendant helps his case - the latter is an example of a direct threat and could conceivably be treated as a felony. 

Alex(Eugene,OR)
Alex(Eugene,OR)

Whats really sad about this is that there are women all over this country who get threatened and nothing is ever done about it, at least not until after the threat is followed up on, but let some dumb kid post a threat to an NBA owner and he's in jail right away.

L7
L7

Apparently the kid caught wind of Dolan's plans to acquire Glen Davis for the Knicks' 2019 and 2020 first round draft picks.

Evan4
Evan4

For crying out loud, he simply said what all of New York has been thinking for a very long time. They should have let the kid go through with it. Then maybe they would have a competitive team.

AchmeedBinhumad
AchmeedBinhumad

kid should have to listen to dolan's band for 3 years straight.  talk about cruel and unusual/

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

Men get threatened and worse by women, too.... Don't be sexist.

ChrisV82
ChrisV82

@Alex(Eugene,OR)  Hey, women are a dime a dozen, but the wealthy are the most important people in our society, and their feelings need to be protected at all costs. New York no longer has the death penalty, but this kid should spend the rest of his life in prison, as a warning to other disgruntled Knicks fans who are not happy with a 40 year championship drought. 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@JoeCabot @AaronDunckelIm saying its not legitimate, clearly, and not worthy of attention


at times we have to subjectively comb through credible and non-credible threats, so that when actual threats emerge, we aren't (as a society) focusing on drivel such as this

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@JoeCabot @Ryan19 if you consider that a legitimate death thread worthy of police attention, a national news story, and criminal prosecution, I would say you are a lawyer who is in favor of a bloated legal system and overreaction to every minor venting by the populace.  


Let it go and move on - there is nothing ot see here

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Ryan19 Well, given the inane ramblings of many of the posters that bounce around these forums, I would not look to them for any pointers on sensibility or logic.