Charles Oakley Rejects Deal To Have Charges Dropped From Madison Square Garden Incident
New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley rejected a deal to have charges dropped from an incident in February during which he was thrown out of Madison Square Garden and will instead go to trial to solve the dispute.
The beloved Knick was attending a game on February 8 in the famed arena and was arrested after getting physical with several Madison Square Garden security guards. Oakley was charged with two misdemeanors of assault, two misdemeanors of harassment and one misdemeanor of trespassing.
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
The assistant district attorney offered Oakley an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal on Friday that would have freed him of his charges if he stayed out of trouble. The former basketball star chose to decline the offer and requested a trial, ESPN reports.
The February incident turned into a disaster for the Knicks after footage from the night showed the security guards forcibly removing Oakley from the stands in a very public and embarrassing manner.
Knicks owner James Dolan banned Oakley from the arena, leading to both current and former NBA players coming to Oakley’s defense and criticizing the Knicks poor handling of the situation. Dolan made matters even worse when he suggested that Oakley had a drinking problem, which the player later denied.
Michael Jordan and NBA commissioner Adam Silver eventually intervened in an attempt to settle the dispute. Dolan has since lifted the ban against Oakley, but it’s unlikely he will ever return to the famed arena where he used to play.