Charles Oakley Arrested at Madison Square Garden After Altercation in Stands

Charles Oakley Arrested at Madison Square Garden After Altercation in Stands

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By Joseph Zucker

Charles Oakley was one of the NBA‘s foremost enforcers during his playing career, and the 53-year-old’s demeanor doesn’t appear to have softened in retirement.

Oakley got into a shoving match with Madison Square Garden security during the New York Knicks‘ matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night:

The New York Daily NewsStefan Bondy reported security handcuffed Oakley and escorted him away from the arena. Oakley reportedly said, “Dolan did this,” alluding to Knicks owner James Dolan, as team president Phil Jackson was trying to calm him down, per ESPN.com’s Ian Begley.

Ryan Field of ABC 7 reported Oakley would be charged with three counts of assault, per the New York Police Department. Begley added that Oakley would be charged with criminal trespassing as well.

After being released from custody, Oakley spoke with Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who tweeted: “Charles Oakley says he purchased his own tickets. When Knicks realized that he was seated behind James Dolan they asked him why was he here.”

“I thought for a second I was gonna run down there, but then I thought, what the hell am I gonna do?” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said after the game, per Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.