New York Knicks’ ‘Indefinite’ Ban On Charles Oakley Lifted
The New York Knicks and owner James Dolan have lifted their “indefinite” ban issued less than a week ago against former player Charles Oakley.
The former New York Knick was escorted out of Madison Square Garden and arrested during the Knicks game against the Los Angeles Clippers last Wednesday. After the arrest, Dolan issued an indefinite ban against Oakley from the Knicks’ home arena.
The decision to remove Oakley’s ban came after a discussion between him, Dolan, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan on Monday, ESPN reports.
Oakley and Dolan met with the commissioner at the NBA headquarters while Jordan joined in by phone, according to a statement from the association.
“Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA,” Silver said in a statement.
Statements issued by both Dolan and the Knicks organization following the initial event detailing what happened also suggested that Oakley had a drinking problem and should seek help.
After the meeting on Monday, Oakley didn’t seem to care that his ban from Madison Square Garden was lifted, but was more concerned by the attacks on his character.
“It’s not about being at the Garden,” Oakley told ESPN. “It’s about the fans. I want them to apologize to the fans. I told the commissioner I want them to apologize to the fans.”
“I have never asked for nothing,” Oakley continued. “I love the fans in New York. They’ve been supportive. One of the things I told the commissioner, I want to have a press conference and I want [Dolan] to apologize to me and the fans. They’ve had my back and they’ve felt the pain. I really appreciate the people all around who’ve had my back.”