Charles Oakley to attend Cavs-Knicks game in Cleveland

Almost two weeks after briefly being banned from Madison Square Garden, former New York Knicks power forward Charles Oakley will attend the team's nationally televised game Thursday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to multiple media reports.

You'll recall the 53-year-old former All-Star was dragged to the ground and arrested by MSG security amid an alleged confrontation with Knicks owner James Dolan earlier this month.

After being forcibly removed from Madison Square Garden two weeks ago, Charles Oakley confirmed he's headed to The Land to watch the Knicks go head-to-head with the Cavs.

"Oak will be in his hometown of Cleveland", Oakley's spokesman Akhtar Farzaie said. Oakley turned down an invitation by Dolan to be his guest at a game, and he demanded a public apology.

Oakley was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and trespassing.

Thursday will be the first time that Oakley is around the Knicks since the February 8 incident during a Clippers-Knicks game. He was subsequently banned indefinitely from Madison Square Garden. Team owner James Dolan alleged Oakley was being verbally abusive towards him, however Oakley denied the allegations.

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver met with Oakley, Dolan and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan via teleconference after the incident. Dolan went on ESPN radio in NY two days later to suggest Oakley had a drinking problem.

  • Julie Sanders