Charles Oakley in Charge at MSG; Not James Dolan
A bitter feud erupts into arrests and mediation by NBA commish Silver and Michael Jordan
It Could Only Happen to the Knicks.
The Knicks lost to the Clippers on Wednesday night. But the real news was in the stands. 90’s fan-favorite Charles Oakley was arrested in an “only in New York” moment. It’s reported Oakley was heard swearing at Dolan who was also seated courtside. MSG security confronted the big man who then assaulted the staff verbally and physically. Dolan tells the media and ESPN New York that the former Knick PF was drunk, angry, and intended to confront him. Let’s look back at a timeline of events.
Oakley vs. Dolan
Charles Oakley advised free agent LeBron James to avoid signing with the Knicks in 2010 according to rumors in NBA circles. Since 2011, Oakley has publicly criticized Knicks players, coaches, and owner James Dolan. His vicious comments against the Knicks allegedly cost him a coaching position in 2012. NYPD arrests Charles Oakley for assaulting MSG personnel on February 8 and banned from entering the arena. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan try to intervene to broker a truce between Oakley and Dolan. Finally, on Valentine’s Day, the Garden and Dolan lift its ban on Oakley and he can return to the arena.
What did we learn?
The feud is the latest ugly incident between Dolan and former players. Do we believe Oakley has an anger management issue? Yes. Is the former Knick an alcoholic? We don’t know. One thing remains clear, James Dolan is a rich and powerful a%%hole. Oakley gave his heart, body, and mind to the Knicks for over a decade. Dolan’s responsibility is to say thank you and move on. Should Dolan be bitter? Sure. Is it fair? No. Dolan is lucky his arena continues to sell out. Suck it up Jimmy, get a thicker skin, and get over yourself.