Charles Oakley banned for life by the New York Knicks and MSG

The fallout from former Knicks star Charles Oakley's arrest at Madison Square Garden continued on Friday as team owner James Dolan made a rare media appearance on a NY sports talk station to address the issue.

The decision to toss out a legendary member of the New York Knicks during a nationally televised game - then haul him away in handcuffs - has come at a cost to Madison Square Garden's security chief.

Oakley, 53, was arrested and charged with three counts of assault following an altercation near Dolan at MSG on Wednesday night.

The moves come two days after Oakley was forcibly removed from a Knicks game and arrested.

Oakley told Fox 5 that Jordan, LeBron James, and some former Knicks teammates contacted him to lend their support and say they "have [his] back". Oakley added that he had done nothing wrong and paid for the tickets.

The Garden released 16 witness statements in attempt to show that Oakley was rude and belligerent the moment he entered the Arena.

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"I think that Charles has got a problem". Why the hell these f'n security guards in my face, why they looking at me.

New York Knicks owner James Dolan reacts from his seat during the third quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. "That's embarrassing, man. I did not do none of that".

"I'll talk about [the ban] in a little bit, but it's not necessarily a lifetime ban", he said, per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

On Friday, Dolan fired a VP of MSG's security because of the incident on Wednesday. "Anybody who comes to the Garden, whether they have been drinking too much alcohol, they're looking for a fight, they're abusive, disrespectful to the staff and the fans, they're gonna be ejected, and they're gonna be banned".

Oakley has received nearly universal support from current and former players, as well as the media.

Where are they? Who are they? during all this media backlash should Dolan and the Knicks produce one or more to prove they are in the right? "I don't know what happened".

  • Tabitha Byrd