Charles Oakley Sits Courtside At First New York Knicks Game Since Arrest
Charles Oakley, the former New York Knick who was escorted out of Madison Square Garden and arrested on Feb. 8 is back to attending his favorite team’s games.
Oakley sat courtside with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert during the Knicks game against the Cavs on Thursday night. Although Oakley still hasn’t returned to Madison Square Garden, this was his first time attending a Knicks game since his headline-grabbing exit from the New York City arena earlier this month.
Charles Oakley sitting with Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert at the Knicks vs. Cavaliers game pic.twitter.com/NqyeOhyXDc
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The beloved former Knick was escorted out of the arena he played in for 10 years after he and Knicks owner James Dolan exchanged some words. Following the incident, Dolan issued an indefinite ban on Oakley from Madison Square Garden, which caused some significant outrage from current and former NBA players, as well as fans.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA great Michael Jordan met with Oakley and Dolan to smooth things over, after which Dolan lifted the indefinite ban and welcomed Oakley to return to MSG. Although the ban has been lifted, Oakley hasn’t returned to the arena.
Oakley, a Cleveland native, has had the continued support of the Cavaliers organization, and last night was just the latest example of that. It’s good to see that Gilbert notices how beloved Oakley is by the Knicks fanbase, even though the Knicks owner can’t recognize that himself.
The defending NBA champion Cavaliers defeated the Knicks 119-104.