On the backend of the Madison Square Garden incident between former Knick Charles Oakley and owner James Dolan, Oakley spoke on his inferred problem with alcohol. 

After what transpired during the New York Knicks game at the Garden last week, James Dolan went on the Michael Kay Show and spoke his piece, which essentially fell flat on its face before being engulfed in flames. One of the things that Dolan brought up is that Oakley acted out because he was intoxicated and that he may need help treating his addiction.

Let it be known that the NYPD did not charge Oakley with public intoxication or anything of that sort.

According to Marc Berman of the NY Post, Oakley thinks that his volunteering to help those struggling with alcoholism is the reason Dolan thinks that he also has a problem. “Dolan might think because I go to volunteer at Rebound Institute treatment centers with Jayson [Williams] that I’m a client,” said Oakley. “I’m just supporting the amazing work Jayson is doing. I’m not an alcoholic, but Jayson is.”

Jayson Williams spent nine seasons in the NBA before retiring in 1999 after a freak injury caused him to hang up his shoes prematurely. Since then, he’s had numerous legal issues with his most recent ones being DWI and aggravated assault all the way back in 2010.

My stance has stayed the same throughout — Jim Dolan was wrong for how he handled the press conference; publically calling out a struggle that’s possibly not even real is wrong. It’s nice that Oakley came out and said that he doesn’t have a problem, but if he did I’m sure it would’ve been documented by now.

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