Charles Oakley Says He’s Innocent, And Could Knicks Be A Bigger Tire Fire Right Now?
Free Oakley! This aggression will not stand.
As we reported Wednesday night, the former Knicks' strongman was dragged out of Madison Square Garden literally kicking and screaming, arrested, and hauled to a local police precinct. There he was issued a bunch of misdemeanor tickets, then released.
According to MSG security and police, Oakley, seated a few rows back from Knicks owner James Dolan, was yelling at Dolan during the game. When asked to be quiet, he refused, then became combative with security.
But Oakley tells a different story. He says he bought his own ticket to the game and was sitting peacefully when confronted by security for no reason, except that Dolan didn't want him there.
“I was there for four minutes,” Oakley said late Wednesday night. “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.”
The entire incident unfolded on national TV, and in front of nearby spectators John McEnroe, Chris Rock and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Officials had to stop the game with the Clippers as Oakley was dragged out.
Fan witnesses gave varying accounts of what happened. NY Daily News:
One fan – Ian Schafer – said Oakley appeared calm until the melee.
“He took off his watch and asked somebody to hold his watch,” Schafer said. “It didn’t look like he started anything, to be honest. It looked like he was provoked in some way, because it didn’t look like there was any buildup to anything happening.”
Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who played with Oakley for the Knicks:
“That was sad,” Rivers said. “That was tough for me to watch. Honest to God, you could see it, I actually took three steps and I swear I was going to run down there and I thought, ‘What the hell am I going to do?’ But I didn’t like that. That’s my guy."
Meanwhile, LeBron James had Oakley's back.
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Even the 49ers' fortunes right now are looking like J.K. Rowling's bank account compared to the New York Knicks'.
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