Knicks owner James Dolan fires MSG security chief after Charles Oakley incident
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 0:48
Though it was initially reported that Oakley was being banned for life, Dolan said that was not the case, but added that Oakley would not be allowed to return.
Oakley has always been in a feud with James Dolan, which came to a head during Wednesday's altercation. DNA Info reports that Oakley has attended Knicks games before without incident. It is the team's first game since Oakley was arrested after a scuffle with MSG security.
Oakley, who owns two auto washes, one in Brooklyn and another in Yonkers, New York, paid for the $1,067 courtside seat himself. Oakley allegedly told the officers, "I don't need anybody on that phone", the source said.
"I said why do you guys keep staring at me". Why the hell these f'n security guards in my face, why they looking at me. "In this case, that did happen, so we are going to put the ban in place, and hopefully, it won't be forever".
It should be noted that Charles Oakley has had a rocky relationship with the Knicks over the years as he has been very critical of ownership. James Dolan!' I mean, that's embarrassing, man.
"There are dozens of security, staff employees and NYPD that witnessed his abusive behavior. Everything he has said since the incident is pure fiction".
Dolan then explained that he believes Oakley may have anger or alcohol issues.
"I'll talk about [the ban] in a little bit, but it's not necessarily a lifetime ban", he said, per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
Dolan also said that Oakley's verbal abuse included "racial and sexual overtones", which was in line with testimony from Garden employees he released to several media outlets.
The entire ordeal continues coming back to Dolan, who has run the Knicks and Madison Square Garden with a pettiness rarely seen in professional sports.
Oakley told Castiglione he wasn't drinking in the Garden and was never told he wasn't welcome in the arena.
Oakley has received nearly universal support from current and former players, as well as the media. I didn't know what it was about or anything.