Charles Oakley Ejected From Knicks Game For Altercation in The Stands

Hazel Gray
February 9, 2017

Things got out of hand, Oakley said, after he was approached by multiple security guards. No less than Michael Jordan, an Oakley teammate and friend, lauded his toughness and help when Jordan was a young player, and the National Basketball Association in the 1990s - in the wake of Detroit's notorious "Bad Boys" championship teams - was a rougher league that tolerated a higher level of physical play. This made it look like the man was intoxicated.

"That statement was meant to hurt Oak".

"He just couldn't understand why", said Matthew Barbara, who sat a few rows up from Oakley. James has a great respect for the legends of the game and Oakley has had his back during his spat with Charles Barkley. "I've been around long enough to know that's not a good look".

If Ewing was the franchise's heart and John Starks defined the team's desire during the 1990s, Oakley was the never-ending hustle that embodied New York City.

Any far-fetched hopes the Knicks might've had about landing free-agent-to-be Chris Paul probably followed Charles Oakley out the door Wednesday night.

In November, the New York Times' Scott Cacciola wrote about Oakley's damaged relationship with the Knicks' organization, noting that he has at different times "criticized the team's front office, coaches and resident stars".

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Oakley was arrested, according to several reports, and he is likely facing a third-degree assault charge, a misdemeanor.

Knicks president Phil Jackson tried to break up the incident and calm Oakley down. "Honest to God, if you could see, I took three steps. Until something is said to me directly, then I'm not going to feed into it", Anthony said.

"Both of them said nothing to each other like two little kids". Even by the dysfunctional Knicks' standards, this was freaky and sad.

"I was there for four minutes", Oakley told the New York Daily News after being released from Midtown South Precinct.

"I'm a Knicks fan for life, whether I go back to the Garden or not".

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