Knicks owner James Dolan: Charles Oakley 'has a problem'

Following an unfortunate incident involving former Knick Charles Oakley causing a stop in a game this week, the Knicks fired off with a lousy PR statement and have now fired the security chief at Madison Square Garden. Nope. Michael Kay has invited James Dolan onto his radio show today and is reporting that "Charles Oakley will never be allowed to enter MSG again, even if he purchases a ticket".

LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade have all spoken out in support, but T.I. wants people to do more than just saying a few kind words about Charles Oakley. There was no audio. It appears he is putting a ban on going to Knicks games and possibly performing at The Garden. Oakley is known to have a strained relationship with the team, because of his criticism of Dolan's leadership.

The ugly battle between New York Knicks owner James Dolan an ex-Knck Charles Oakley has gotten even more acrimonious.

"Couldn't guard anybody. Simple as that", he said after the Knicks lost for the ninth time in 12 games.

"There are dozens of security staff, employees and NYPD that witnessed Oakley's abusive behavior", the statement read.

Oakley, 53, took a swipe at Garden security personnel seeking to remove him from his seat and was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal trespass. "I don't know how to explain it". I went to sit there with my guest and watch the game and they said they got orders that I had to leave.

Now here's what really bothers me above all else, why embarrass the man? The former Knick told reporters that MSG security insisted on tailing him at games long before Benedetto's hiring.

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski released an essay on The Vertical Twitter last night that destroys Dolan, painting the ultimate picture of the Knicks owner as an incompetent and undeserving owner. "We have to figure out a way to get out of it". The former Knicks player was dragged out of the game in handcuffs on live television, inciting a swift backlash from Knicks fans and National Basketball Association players, who momentarily halted the game to watch the scuffle unfold. I hated to see what happened the other night because I truly love the guy.

Oakley and the Knicks have since traded conflicting stories, with the culmination of such events being a ban from Madison Square Garden.

  • Julie Sanders