Fedora and Just For Men-endorser James Dolan owns the New York Knicks and very thin skin. (Getty Images)

It’s not that we don’t respect Deadspin’s editorial staff, or their standards in vetting what could be hoaxes, but their post from Sunday morning seemed almost too good to be true . We all know New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan is a spoiled, petulant, and incompetent titan of the MSG industry his father gave him, but the supposed email he sent a longtime Knicks fan in January appeared to be a little too in-character. A little too perfect. A little too Dolan. Turns out, it was all Dolan. His own team, weirdly and needlessly, confirmed that it was all Dolan. We’ll get to that in a bit. Via Deadspin, here is the body of an email sent to Dolan in January : 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. Your working with Isaiah Thomas & everything else regarding the Knicks. Bringing on Phil Jackson was a positive beginning, but lowballing Steve Kerr was a DISGRACE to the knicks. The bottom line is that you merely continued to interfere with the franchise. 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 Obviously, money IS NOT THE ONLY THING. You have done a lot of utterly STUPID business things with the franchise. Please NO MORE. Respecfully, Nobody likes being told to step down from their job, and certainly nobody (not even James Dolan) is going

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