Charles Oakley Has Been Banned From The Team Stadium He Used To Play For By The Owner James Dolan
|Charles Oakley Has Been Banned From The Team |
Stadium He Used To Play For By The Owner James Dolan
In an interview with ESPN Radio's Michael Kay, Dolan also confirmed a report that he had fired the Garden's security chief (Frank Benedetto) two nights after Oakley was forcefully removed from his seat and arrested at a Knicks game. Dolan said the firing of the security head stemmed from more than just the handling of the incident.
The team also shared with The AP a 1-minute security video of moments leading up to the altercation, containing brief clips of Oakley in his seat, talking to a hostess and being confronted by Garden officials.
Dolan said Oakley used racial and sexual overtones and that games must remain safe for fans, so he was enforcing the ban.
"We are going to put the ban in place and hopefully it won't be forever," Dolan said.
|Charles Oakley Playing For The Kinks|
But he said Oakley first must address what he characterized as anger and perhaps alcohol issues, adding that the team would help if asked.
The Knicks contend the trouble with Oakley on Wednesday started even before he reached his seat, and Dolan said in the interview that Garden officials never should have let him get there.
Still, the Knicks have been criticized by current and former NBA players, as well as some of their own fans, for the treatment of Oakley during the game that was televised nationally on ESPN.
Fans chanted his name during a New York Rangers hockey game on Thursday, and earlier in Friday's game there were chants of "We want Oakley!" and "Free Charles Oakley!"
But while he understands why fans are so supportive of Oakley, because of the way he played and how much more the Knicks won, he feels he can't allow anyone in the building who can ruin the experience for others.
BREAKING:— The Michael Kay Show (@TMKSESPN) February 10, 2017
"Charles Oakley will never be allowed to enter MSG again, even if he purchases a ticket."
-According to @RealMichaelKay
"Charles has a problem, people need to understand that. He has a problem with anger. He may have a problem with alcohol."— The Michael Kay Show (@TMKSESPN) February 10, 2017
"That can't be something he intended to have happen. Maybe he doesn't remember it. I think he's somewhat in denial."— The Michael Kay Show (@TMKSESPN) February 10, 2017
-James Dolan on Oakley