ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley both reported that Charles Oakley plans to file a civil suit over what happened at MSG last season.
Back in February, things got heated between Charles Oakley and the New York Knicks. Durig a game where Oak was sitting courtside, security came over and forcibly removed the former All-Star from his seat after he got physical with a couple of the guards.
Oakley was a member of the Knicks from 1988 to 1998 and was instrumental in leading them to the Finals in 1994. Since then, however, he hasn’t been happy with how James Dolan and then-President Phil Jackson had run the team, and that seems to be the root of the incident. Last month, Alex Spiro, Oakey’s attorney, alluded to his client taking “all civil remedies against Mr. (James) Dolan.”
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After the Knicks removed their fan favorite, he got charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault, two misdemeanor counts of harassment and one misdemeanor count of trespassing. Dolan then issued a ban that was supposed to be indefinite before saying that an alcohol addiction was why Oakley acted the way he did. That’s not true.
New York finished their season 31-51, good for 12th in the East. Oakley hasn’t been to a game at the Garden since, and, even though it’s because of a ban, I can’t imagine him having any interest in returning.
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