New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley got into a verbal altercation with Knicks owner James Dolan at Madison Square Garden in February.
On Feb. 8, Charles Oakley attended the Knicks game against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. The incident occurred during a stoppage in play in the first quarter. A police source told ESPN that, Oakley made comments at the Knicks owner, who eventually had security escort him from the arena.
“What happened is me and four friends went to the game tonight, to watch the Knicks and Clippers. We did sit down, trying to have a good time. Next thing I know I was asked to leave the building,” Oakley said. “I asked, ‘Why?’ and they said, ‘You have to leave because someone ordered you to leave.’ And I’m like, ‘I’ve been here four and a half minutes.'”
Madison Square Garden security guards made their way to Oakley but he didn’t leave without a fight. The security guards eventually dragged Oakley out of the stands and arrested him in the tunnels.
Additionally, police charged Oakley with three counts of misdemeanor assault in the third degree as well as misdemeanor trespassing in the third degree.
Although, last month Oakley accepted a deal — an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal — that will lead to his criminal charges being dropped if he stays out of trouble for six months and complies with a condition that prohibits him from trespassing at Madison Square Garden for one year.
Oakley to File Civil Suit of His Own:
However, now it’s his turn. According to ESPN, Oakley is preparing to file a civil suit of his own. As of right now, it is unclear if Oakley’s civil suit will specifically target James Dolan or if he will go after others.
Oakley’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said last month that Oakley would pursue “all civil remedies” based on the incident. Spiro said that for Oakley, the issues stemming from the incident at Madison Square Garden have always been a matter of principle.
Oakley will obviously go after Dolan in his civil suit. However, Oakley could also target Madison Square Garden security and others.
Gotham City Esq. will update this post when more facts emerge.