New York Knicks Great Thrown Out Of Madison Square Garden And Arrested
Former New York Knick Charles Oakley was escorted out of Madison Square Garden and arrested with three counts of assault after an altercation in the stands early in the Knicks game against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night.
Oakley was sitting a few seats behind Knicks owner James Dolan at the game and reportedly started making comments him. Dolan eventually had security escort Oakley from the area, but not before the former Knick caused a scene.
Charles Oakley shoves Madison Square Garden security and is escorted out of the building in strange scene pic.twitter.com/lTphvnSzFV
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“What happened is me and four friends went to the game tonight, to watch the Knicks and Clippers. We did sit down, trying to have a good time” Oakley explained in an interview after being released from the police station.
“Next thing I know I was asked to leave the building. I asked ‘Why?’ and they said, ‘You have to leave because someone ordered you to leave.’ And I’m like, ‘I’ve been here four-and-a-half minutes,'” Oakley said.
“I’m a Knicks fan, played here 10 years. I love the Knicks. I love New York. This is my heart. I wish them all the luck and success on the basketball court. I don’t know why I’m not welcome into the Garden.”
Oakley admitted that he felt threatened in the situation when seven or eight people surrounded him and told him he had to leave.
Charles Oakley will throw hands any time any place (via @ischafer) pic.twitter.com/MUOfDv4aAv
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“When somebody is walking up on you, you got to protect yourself in all matters. And I’ve been in a situation like that before. I’ve been jumped before. So in my mind I was thinking like, if you see seven, eight, nine, ten guys walking up on you you, you have to brace yourself and be ready for the challenge.”
Oakley doesn’t know whether or not he will be welcome back in Madison Square Garden or not, but “as long as the fans care about me, I love the fans and I’m always going to love the fans.”
“I’m a Knicks fan for life. Don’t matter if I go back to the Garden or not — I’m still going to cheer for the Knicks,” Oakley said. “I played here for a decade. My heart and soul is here.”