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While owner James Dolan has accused him of likely being an alcoholic in banning him from the Garden, Oakley continues to help fight alcoholism in supporting his friend, ex-Net Jayson Williams, and assisting a detox center in Delray Beach, Fla. “Dolan might think because I go to volunteer at Rebound Institute treatment centers with Jayson that I’m a client,’’ Oakley told The Post. “I’m just supporting the amazing work Jayson is doing. I’m not an alcoholic but Jayson is.’’
Storyline: Charles Oakley Incident
According to Oakley’s manager, Akhtar Farzaie, the former NBA enforcer has visited Epiphany Treatment Center several times, where he has cooked for patients. Oakley will hold a charity golf event, The Rebound Institute, on May 4 in Boca Raton to raise awareness and funds for several charities, including the Epiphany Center. The Rebound Institute helps people with addiction get treatment they otherwise couldn’t afford.
Williams said Dolan and the Knicks crossed the line by saying Oakley “was a great Knick, and we hope he gets some help soon” at the end of their statement. “What pissed me off is when the (statement) said ‘help’ that they made it look like he was intoxicated,” Williams told ESPN. “(If the Knicks meant Oakley had an) anger issue … the anger issue is what made the Knicks what they were. … It wasn’t about no damn anger issue when he was on the basketball court (playing for the Knicks). This made it look like the man was intoxicated. … Charles Oakley buys a ticket to a Knicks game, and what is wrong with that? He is paying his $300 to watch the Knicks play. “That statement was meant to hurt Oak. That was hateful. … (Dolan) meant to hurt Oak.”
8 months ago via ESPN
Storyline: Charles Oakley
Jayson Williams said Dolan and the Knicks crossed the line by saying Oakley “was a great Knick, and we hope he gets some help soon” at the end of their statement. “What pissed me off is when the (statement) said ‘help’ that they made it look like he was intoxicated,” Williams told ESPN. “(If the Knicks meant Oakley had an) anger issue … the anger issue is what made the Knicks what they were. … It wasn’t about no damn anger issue when he was on the basketball court (playing for the Knicks). This made it look like the man was intoxicated. … Charles Oakley buys a ticket to a Knicks game, and what is wrong with that? He is paying his $300 to watch the Knicks play. That statement was meant to hurt Oak. That was hateful. … (Dolan) meant to hurt Oak.”
8 months ago via ESPN
Storyline: Charles Oakley Incident
Now 48, Williams is here as a recovering alcoholic who has graduated to independent living. He credits Epiphany for his sobriety—he says it will be a year in January—and spends most of his time around the center’s offices and properties. One day, he’ll pick up a young heroin addict at the Fort Lauderdale Airport and transport him to detox. Another day, he’ll call Epiphany alumni and make sure none have lapsed. Prone to speaking in the syntax of rehab, Williams says, “Getting better is not what I do right now. It’s who I am right now.”
Oakley, 52, is here on a singular mission: to support his friend. The two were never teammates, and on the surface they couldn’t be more different. Williams is the garrulous New Yorker eager to entertain everyone in his orbit, Oakley the endearing curmudgeon known for mumbling hard truths wrapped in grandfatherly aphorisms. But they developed mutual respect on the court. “We just clicked,” says Oakley. “You know, we’re both 6’9″, so it was eye to eye. Our conversations, we was lookin’ at one another. So it was from the heart.” And when, almost two decades after their last matchup, Oakley heard that Williams was in rough shape—“maybe going through some things,” he says, using an alltime euphemism for someone who had fatally shot an acquaintance and has been in the grip of addiction—he sprang to action.