You may think of James Dolan primarily as the CEO of Madison Square Garden, owner of the Knicks and the Rangers and other multi-million dollar properties, but true fans know that's just his side hustle—his main gig is acting as the fedora-wearing face of shitty blues band JD and the Straight Shot. Whether he's getting heckled at City Winery or forcing The Eagles to let him open for them to tepid applause, Dolan always makes sure it's about the music, man. Who could forget classic tunes such as "Fix The Knicks," which was all about people yelling at him to sell the team, and "Under The Hood," an ode to Trayvon Martin written by a billionaire more interested in living out his dreams of being Bob Seger for depressed 1 percenters than running his company?
Well JD and the Straight Shot are back with, in their words, a "powerful and timely single" titled "I Should've Known," which is all about how Dolan is feeling guilty that he didn't stop his former friend Harvey Weinstein from sexually assaulting and terrorizing hundreds of women. "I should've thrown myself across the his tracks, stopped him from these vile attacks," Dolan sings. "We believed and didn’t see, through the lies he told us all, that led him to his endless fall, I should’ve known."
Dolan spoke about the MeToo movement and the song in an interview on Fox today, stressing that the song wasn't only about Weinstein: "All of us knew all those people, who are basically no longer active," he said. "I wonder, and I've actually talked to a lot of my other friends who know all these folks, I wonder what could I have done, what did I miss, and that's almost really what the song is—what did we miss? Because if you were friends with any of those people, a lot of them were people we never would have thought that about."
Dolan of course couldn't avoid the subject of Weinstein, who was more than just a personal friend—as Billboard notes, Dolan was part of the Weinstein Company board from mid-2015 to June 2016 and was named as a co-defendant with Weinstein in a lawsuit filed in December by six women who said they were assaulted and/or harassed by Weinstein. According to the suit, Dolan allegedly knew of Weinstein’s "pattern and practice of predatory sexual conduct toward women" due to his seat on the board.
Weinsten was also hired to work on the Radio City Music Hall "Spring Spectacular” featuring the Rockettes in 2014. "A lot of (the dancers) thought he was a creepy old man," a source close to the Rockettes told the Daily News. "They're relieved he won't be standing in the back of the dark theater taking notes."
And of course, Dolan doesn't bring up his alleged enabling of other accused sexual harassers such as best bud Isiah Thomas, who was sued by former Knicks executive Anucha Browne Sanders for harassment. Sanders was ultimately awarded $11.6 million in punitive damages from the Garden and Dolan, although the official line from MSG (and Dolan) has long been that Sanders was lying about her accusations, and just did it because she was mad about being fired. (Dolan later named Thomas president of the New York Liberty of the WNBA, so clearly he isn't losing sleep over that one.)
To add salt to the wounds: Dolan also reiterated during the interview this morning that he's not thinking of selling the Knicks or Rangers.
On the plus side, at least this video exists: