At least we now know that Charles Oakley can still get physical at the Garden. Oakley, the former Knicks’ defensive specialist who was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1994, attended the Knicks’ home game on Wednesday against the Clippers, and trouble ensued.
Oakley reportedly began shouting at Knicks’ owner James Dolan, who was seated just below him, and the subject was allegedly on how the team was being run. Security asked Oakley repeatedly to quiet down, and he wouldn’t. After scuffling with security and at least one police officer, Oakley was surrounded by security guards and unceremoniously dragged away.
He was in handcuffs, says the New York Post. According to ESPN, Oakley was arrested after being taken from the arena.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 9, 2017
— The Fuzz (@TheFuzzNBA) February 9, 2017
View of Charles Oakley from a few rows up. Nothing more disrespectful than the finger point push, nothing pic.twitter.com/L8svQuRHGl
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) February 9, 2017
Oakley was sitting nearby owner James Dolan when the scrum began. There has been bad blood between the two for years, and Oakley was heard shouting Dolan’s name. Knicks president Phil Jackson, also sitting nearby, tried to calm Oakley down.
Footage shows Oakley, 53, yelling at security officials as a group of them pulled him by his jacket sleeves and out of the arena.
As he was dragged out, Oakley was shouting, “I didn’t do anything!”
Charles Oakley is here tonight. This is beyond sad. pic.twitter.com/Ecd99ZGYSP
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 9, 2017
If Charles Oakley really was trying to fight James Dolan, he might get a parade in New York.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 9, 2017
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) February 9, 2017
Ha … look at John McEnroe, who is shocked, shocked at this display of temper (white hair, blue shirt).
— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) February 9, 2017
Photo: Associated Press.