According to Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger, New York Knicks owner James Dolan gave a “surreptitious duty” to several Madison Square Garden employees during the Knicks game against the Chicago Bulls.
Dolan stationed two audio technicians on both sides of the court, one very close to the Knicks bench — and both were equipped with parabola microphones.
These guys had one directive from Dolan: Record every syllable Carmelo Anthony utters and absorbs while he’s on the court and on the bench, the Madison Square Garden CEO ordered them, and send the tape directly to me.
It appears Dolan’s motives were to eavesdrop on Carmelo Anthony’s conversations. This all came after Carmelo’s one-game suspension after his taunting incident with Boston Celtics’ forward Kevin Garnett.
Whether Dolan’s plan was directly to spy on Carmelo, we’ll never know.