MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A local New York Knicks fan got quite the surprise after he emailed the owner of the team, expressing dissatisfaction, and got a response.
Irving Bierman has been pulling for the Knicks since 1952.
During the "Knicks' highlights," in the 1960s and 1970s, Bierman said the New York franchise was "absolutely fabulous." More than 50 years later, the once great team has a shoddy record and the franchise has been "completely destroyed," according to Bierman.
Bierman, a Long Island native, moved south to sunny Myrtle Beach a year ago.
In addition to his adoration for basketball and the New York, he has a background in IT.
Having access to find out information about accounts, Bierman contacted James Dolan, owner of the Knicks, to vocalize his aversion for the team's losing streak.
Bierman wrote to Dolan:
At one stage, I thought that you did a wonderful thing when you acquired EVERYTHING from your dad. However, since then it has been ALL DOWN HILL...As a Knicks fan for in excess of 60 years, I am utterly embarrassed by your dealings with the Knicks. Sell them so their fans can at least look forward to growing them in a positive direction.
Much to Bierman's surprise, within an hour, Dolan responded.
You are a sad person. Why would anybody write such a hateful letter. I am just guessing but I'll bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess. What have you done that anyone would consider positive or nice. I am betting nothing. In fact I'll bet you are negative force in everyone who comes in contact with you. You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it. Maybe it will help you become a person that folks would like to have around. In the mean while start rooting.for the Nets because the Knicks dont want you.
"Irrelevant…[Dolan's] verbiage had nothing to do with what I mentioned in my email," Bierman said. "His perspective on basketball doesn't belong," he added.
Bierman said he feels Dolan lacks competitiveness, and is more concerned with money than winning.
"He should buy a Little League franchise in Long Island," Bierman suggested.
"Get out of the Knicks; the universe is not in dollars and cents. There are emotions involved... millions of fans who've been in love with the Knickerbockers for 30, 40, 50 years," he pleaded.
Since Bierman pressed send, copies of both emails have gone viral.