Charles Oakley Goes On The Offensive, Sues Knicks Owner James Dolan
Months after being publicly embarrassed by Knicks owner James Dolan by being manhandled out of Madison Square Garden, ex-Knicks enforcer Charles Oakley has decided to file a lawsuit against the embattled club owner/struggle blues bander.
According to the Gothamist, Charles Oakley is alleging that Dolan had his security team “forcibly remove [Oakley] from the Garden and publicly embarrass him on live television.”
The incident in question took place back this past February when Charles Oakley attended a Knicks game and sat a bit too close to James Dolan for his own comfort. Dolan swiftly had security attempt to escort Oakley out the building only to have Oak remind them why Charles Barkley wanted no parts of Oak in his heyday.
A scuffle ensued and a few security guards caught them hands before eventually pinning Oak to the floor and having him arrested on three counts of assault.
Though Oakley maintains he was minding his own business before being approached by security, Dolan claimed Oak was behaving in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner.”
Not only did Dolan try to justify his actions but also attempted to smear Charle’s good name by insinuating that Oakley had a substance abuse problem. While Oak disputed the allegations he agreed to a one-year ban in exchange for having the charges against him dropped.
Now Oakley has decided to fight back and get some compensation for “emotional distress and/or mental anguish” and even took some well-deserved pot-shots at the Knicks Owner stating that “Since Defendant Dolan became chairman of the Knicks, they almost immediately relinquished their status as one of the NBA’s premiere teams, winning only a single lone playoff series since the turn of the century.”
Knicks fans see no lies in that statement. None.
Reps for Madison Square Garden have yet to respond to requests for comment.