Charles Oakley was a professional basketball player for many years. He is mostly remembered as a great player for the New York Knicks from 1988 to 1998. On February 8, 2017, Charles Oakley and some friends purchased tickets to go to the Knicks game as they hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. Within the opening minutes of the game, Oakley got into a fight with security guards after he was told that he had to be escorted out of the arena and was “ordered to leave.”
Last month, the prosecutors in the case agreed to dismiss the assault charges after over six months of good behavior. However, the lawsuits between Charles Oakley and the New York Knicks are not over. Charles Oakley is bringing a lawsuit against James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks, on the grounds of defamation.
Oakley alleges that Dolan “constantly disrespected” him and that Dolan treated Oakley like “a common criminal.” Also, Oakley alleges that the New York Knicks and Dolan claimed that he committed assault and that Oakley is struggling with alcoholism. They also stated that Oakley acted inappropriately by abusing fans and staff members. Oakley believes that these accusations stem from the idea of trying to separate Oakley from the New York Knicks’ fan base. Dolan and the Madison Square Garden Company believe that Oakley’s lawsuit is “frivolous” and stated that they plan on “dealing with it accordingly.”