Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley created a stir when he was forcibly removed from Madison Square Garden during the Knicks game.
It isn’t clear what prompted Oakley’s anger Wednesday night during the Knicks game against the LA Clippers. Oakley was heard yelling “Dolan did this,” as he was forcibly removed from the game, ESPN’s Ian Begley reported. Dolan being MSG chairman James Dolan, who has had a rocky relationship with Oakley.
It took several security guards to remove the 6-foot-9 basketball star from the arena. Oakley is disputing the claims that he was kicked out of MSG because he was berating Dolan.
“I was (at MSG) for four minutes,” Oakley told the New York Daily News after his release from police custody. “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.”
After a brief scuffle, 53-year-old Oakley was handcuffed and arrested at the arena. He was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault before being released on an order to appear in New York City court.
Despite Oakley’s claims, several reports said Oakley was verbally fighting with Dolan, who sat nearby. A fan told the New York Daily News that Oakley “clearly looked wasted.”
Several videos captured Oakley’s removal. Tennis legend John McEnroe is seen watching the drama in the background.
The Knicks were quick to respond to the situation with a statement over Twitter, saying that: “Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner. He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department.