Knicks Owner Reportedly Fired Security Chief After Charles Oakley Incident
New York Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly fired the security chief at Madison Square Garden after the incident with beloved former player Charles Oakley.
During the first quarter of the Knicks game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Dolan and Oakley reportedly exchanged heated words. Dolan ordered Madison Square Garden security to remove Oakley from the arena, but that didn’t go over smoothly. (RELATED: NBA Stars React To New York Knicks’ Treatment Of Charles Oakley)
A handful of security guards approached the former New York Knick to inform him he had to leave and attempted to escort him out of the arena. Oakley became visibly angry and began shoving the security guards. He was eventually removed from MSG by the guards and several NYPD officers and later charged with three counts of assault.
Charles Oakley shoves Madison Square Garden security and is escorted out of the building in strange scene pic.twitter.com/lTphvnSzFV
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 9, 2017
Jonathan Supranowitz, vice president of public relations for the Knicks, refused to comment on the firing of the Madison Square Garden security chief. “We don’t comment on employees leaving the company,” he told USA Today.
Oakley has repeatedly claimed he didn’t do anything to warrant his removal from the arena. The Knicks organization has claimed the opposite and called the former player’s comments since the incident “pure fiction.”
“There are dozens of security staff, employees and NYPD that witnessed Oakley’s abusive behavior. It started when he entered the building and continued until he was arrested and left the building,” the Knicks’ statement read. “Every single statement we have received is consistent in describing his actions. Everything he said since the incident is pure fiction.”