Sport Report: Charles Oakley to File Civil Lawsuit Over Madison Square Garden Incident

07:47  12 september  2017
07:47  12 september  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

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Former New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley will file a civil suit stemming from his ejection and arrest during a Knicks game Feb. 8. According to's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, it's unknown whether Knicks owner James Dolan or Madison Square Garden will be the subject of the

NEW YORK -- Knicks legend Charles Oakley on Friday rejected an opportunity to have charges stemming from a February incident at Madison Square Garden dismissed and requested a trial to fight those charges.

  Report: Charles Oakley to File Civil Lawsuit Over Madison Square Garden Incident © AP Photo

Former Knicks big man Charles Oakley is on the verge of filing a lawsuit related to his February arrest at Madison Square Garden, ESPN’s Ian Begley and Adrian Wojnarowski report.

Oakley was arrested and charged with four misdemeanors after Garden security staff forcibly removed him from his courtside seat at owner James Dolan’s request.

The Knicks claimed in a statement on the night of Oakley’s arrest that he was behaving “in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner” and “we hope he gets some help.”

Dolan insinuated in a subsequent radio interview that Oakley may have a problem with alcohol and anger management issues. SI legal expert Michael McCann noted after the interview that Oakley could sue Dolan for defamation over those comments.

It is unclear who Oakley’s impending suit will name as defendants, Begley and Wojnarowski report.

Oakley reached a plea deal last month to resolve the criminal case against him. All charges will be dropped if he stays out of trouble for six months and keeps away from MSG for a year.

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