Charles Oakley’s MSG Ban Reportedly Over, But He Now Wants An Apology
So Charles Oakley's Madison Square Garden ban officially lasted two games (according to multiple reports), which is one game longer than Grayson Allen's suspension at Duke and several games shorter than the security chief who got fired following the incident.
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) February 14, 2017
James Dolan, feeling like the fourth person in the Death Star trash compactor, apparently caved, and so Oakley is free to hurl insults his way during games once again. Although I hear they're building Oakley his own soundproof luxury suite, replacing all the booze with free coffee.
Actually, Oakley says he's not coming back until Dolan apologizes ... to Knicks fans. ESPN:
"It's not about being at the Garden," Oakley said. "It's about the fans. I want them to apologize to the fans. I told the commissioner I want them to apologize to the fans."
I'm in pain now. I'm hurt."
Oakley was literally dragged out of MSG on Feb. 8 during a game with the Clippers during an incident with security guards. The Knicks claimed that Oakley was yelling at Dolan and being unruly, and suggested in a statement that he may have a problem with alcohol. Oakley claims he was accosted by security for no reason.
Oakley met with Dolan, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan (the latter via telephone) in Manhattan on Monday. There was no mention then of a lifting of the ban, but Dolan said that he was hopeful that Oakley would be invited to MSG "as his guest" sometime soon.
This is a problem that only winning will fix. But that's not going to happen anytime soon.
Loose ends: what happens to Frank Benedetto, the senior vice president for security for the Madison Square Garden Company who was fired by Dolan on Friday? Seems like he's the one who really got screwed in this mess.
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