Charles Oakley Speaks Out About Getting Arrested At The Knicks Game, Passes Blame On To Knicks Owner James Dolan

Former New York Knick Charles Oakley was escorted out of Madison Square Garden by security and subsequently arrested after a skirmish in the stands near team owner James Dolan on Wednesday night.

“Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” the team said in a statement. “He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”

It is unclear what initiated the incident, which came in the first quarter against the Clippers. Oakley was seen behind the tunnel leading to the court surrounded by security minutes after the incident. Knicks president Phil Jackson came out to try to calm Oakley down.

He was swearing at security and seemed to be upset over Dolan.

Oakley, a former Knicks great, has said in the past that Dolan has been unwelcoming to him in recent years.

UPDATE (2-9-17): After being released from prison, Oakley spoke with media about the ugly incident that did not look good for either party and is likely a thorn in the side of Knicks fans everywhere.

Some reports indicate that Oakley shouted at Knicks owner James Dolan, which wouldn’t be too far fetched when you consider their fragmented relationship. Oakley denies those claims.

“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.”

Oakley’s relationship with Dolan can be exemplified by Dolan excluding Oakley from invitations and tributes reserved for former players, according to the NY Daily News. He recently told the New York Times that he’s interested in reconciling with Dolan, but the Knicks owner has no interest.

“I want to sit down to talk to him. I want me and him in a room. And lock the door,” Oakley said. “Lock that door. … I mean, he can have the police outside the door.”

The Knicks PR team released a statement following the incident that did little to protect the reputation of one of its fanbases most beloved players.

This is a messy situation all-around and the facts are still hazy at this point, but something tells me that Dolan better have a damn good reason for kicking Oakley out to salvage what’s left of his reputation after the Knicks are yet again in the basement of the Eastern Conference.

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