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Daniel Kaplan: A Federal judge tossed the remaining charge brought against MSG by former Knick Charles Oakley; in fact the judge ruled MSG security did not use unnecessary force in evicting the former star from a February 2017 game, and blamed Oakley for the incident instead
Former New York Knick Charles Oakley alleges in court papers that James Dolan orchestrated his violent eviction from Madison Square Garden in 2017, and he wants to add the team owner as a defendant to his assault and battery lawsuit against the arena and entertainment company. That is a new twist to the more than 3-year-old case. Previously, Oakley contended Dolan had merely ordered his eviction. Now he is alleging that the owner ordered what the ex-player is calling an assault.
A three-judge panel concluded a jury could decide whether it was improper for security guards to throw Oakley to the ground after Oakley, according to his court papers, slapped their hands away in self defense as he sought to watch the game. The appeals court, though, rejected Oakley's claims of defamation and false imprisonment.
In a statement released by his lawyers, Oakley said: "I am appreciative of the appeals court as I now have a chance to show the world what I said from day one was true. The truth is going to come out at trial and Dolan will be held responsible for what he did." His lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, said: "This is a great day for Knicks fans and fans of Mr. Oakley, and we look forward to the truth of what happened finally coming out."
After the MSG incident, former Knicks players Latrell Sprewell and Bernard King sat alongside Dolan during a game. Oakley wasn’t pleased. “I wanted to smack Bernard. Serious,” he said Monday. “I lost so much respect for him. I can’t even speak to him.”
In the latest development in the ongoing legal battle between Knicks owner James Dolan and fan favorite Charles Oakley, the two have been ordered into mediation by a federal appeals court, according to a document shared on Twitter Sunday by attorney Daniel Wallach. The mediation is scheduled to take place via telephone on March 31, and both Dolan and Oakley must participate.
Last month, Oakley appealed the dismissal of his civil lawsuit against Dolan and Madison Square Garden. Oakley, 56, sued for defamation, assault and false imprisonment stemming from a February 2017 incident in which Oakley was arrested and thrown out of the Garden following an altercation with security. After the incident, Dolan banned Oakley from the Garden and suggested Oakley “may have a problem with alcohol.” The suit was dismissed last month because Judge Richard Sullivan believed Oakley didn’t make a plausible legal argument to support his claims and that Dolan had the right to remove Oakley from the building.
Two days after Oakley was arrested and dragged out of the Garden in February of 2017, Dolan famously invited several former players — including Latrell Sprewell — to attend a game. It was a transparent attempt to show Dolan had support despite the Oakley fiasco. One of the players in attendance, Vin Baker, told the Huffington Post at the time that Dolan “called me sounding really sad asking me if I would come sit with him. Hadn’t spoke to him in 15 years.” Lee, however, was clearly supporting Oakley. He wore a #34 Oakley jersey at his courtside seat and criticized Dolan for calling his friend an alcoholic.
Other celebrities have had their privileges revoked by Dolan. A source told the Daily News that another director and longtime Garden presence, Woody Allen, was banned several years ago from Suite 200, which is a VIP club at MSG. Allen’s crime was refusing to do promotions for MSG, according to a source. If Allen still attends Knicks games, he’s no longer being showed on the MSG Network telecast. Actor Ethan Hawke said he stopped receiving free tickets because he criticized the Knicks’ handling of Jeremy Lin on “The Jimmy Fallon Show.” Actor Michael Rapaport also said his comped tickets were stripped because he supported Oakley.
Daniel Wallach: NEW: Charles Oakley has appealed the dismissal of his federal court defamation and assault and battery lawsuit against James Dolan and Madison Square Garden. He filed his notice of appeal to the Second Circuit just one day after his case was dismissed. #NoJusticeNoPeace
“From its inception, this case has had the feel of a public relations campaign, with the parties seemingly more interested in the court of public opinion than the merits of their legal arguments,” Sullivan wrote in his opinion. “That is perhaps understandable, given the personal and public nature of the dispute.” Thursday, lawyers for Oakley filed a notice to appeal that decision. That will move the case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and to its next stage. “Charles is not one to give up,” Doug Wigdor and Renan F. Varghese, the attorneys for Oakley, said in a statement. “While we are disappointed with the ruling, it’s just the beginning of the fourth quarter and we are confident that we can turn this around with an appeal that we have filed today.”
Whether that happens remains to be seen. There has been no direct communication with Oakley as of yet. The two sides seemed to have reached a détente shortly after Oakley was arrested, when the ex-Knick and Dolan spoke with Silver and Jordan to negotiate some kind of truce.
As of Thursday Oakley didn’t know whether he was allowed to enter MSG, according to people with knowledge of his thinking, and was uncertain whether he could return to MSG without issue. While Oakley may be admitted into MSG, it is another question of how welcome he would be. And there is the lawsuit still pending in court that remains another point of friction between the two sides.
Charles Oakley says he's still persona non grata at Madison Square Garden ... telling TMZ Sports he feels "blackballed" by James Dolan ... and he wants the commissioner to get involved. The Knicks legend was infamously dragged out of MSG and arrested for getting physical with security after an altercation with Dolan at a game in Feb. 2017.
“This man told the security guards to throw me out for no reason,” Oakley said. “I was banned twice in eight months. If I’m such a bad guy, why do they let me into Nets games? Chicago offered me a job. I go to games in Chicago and Toronto. Look at what happened to me and the other fans in New York. It keeps happening yet there is no punishment.”
Charles Oakley didn't just try to pull a fast one over a Vegas casino -- he tried to cheat 3 TIMES during a round of Ultimate Texas Hold'Em ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... Oakley was arrested at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on July 8 after officials say he cheated while gambling. Now, we've obtained court docs which explains Oakley's alleged scheme in detail.
The violation is considered a Class B felony. If convicted of a first offense, the violator is subject to a sentence of 1-6 years in a state prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. "This is not a significant matter and we expect it to be resolved quickly," Alex Spiro, Oakley's New York-based attorney, told ESPN.
Both sides agree in the never-ending James Dolan-Charles Oakley war: let's go to the video tape. Two days after Oakley publicly declared that video evidence — unseen by the public — is so favorable to him that it could lead to Dolan being punished by the NBA, the Knicks owner's lawyer responded with a letter to the judge pleading that the video be entered as evidence because it would exonerate Dolan in Oakley's defamation lawsuit.
"We remain confident that this case should be dismissed with or without video review," the lawyer wrote, according to Newsday. "But now it appears that Oakley himself agrees with our longstanding position that, in deciding this motion to dismiss, Your Honor should review the contemporaneous videos, which depict Oakley repeatedly striking MSG security guards and resisting their efforts with NYPD officers to escort him out of the arena."
Charles Oakley said Tuesday that Madison Square Garden security footage from his 2017 altercation with security guards exonerates him and will be presented to a judge during a hearing in his civil lawsuit against MSG executive chairman and chief executive officer James Dolan.
An attorney for Madison Square Garden and its executive chairman and CEO James Dolan has asked a federal judge to dismiss Charles Oakley’s civil lawsuit that stems from the former Knicks player’s televised scuffle with MSG security at a February 2017 game.
Randy Mastro, an attorney for Dolan and MSG, said in a 49-page March 30 filing that the lawsuit should be dismissed because “Oakley’s removal and arrest were the inevitable consequence of his own actions that night. He has no one to blame but himself.”
A year later, Oakley's anger over how things played out last winter remains acute. "He's angry about what happened to him and the way he was treated," Oakley's attorney, Douglas Wigdor, said. "He was treated like a common criminal rather than a former star of the New York Knicks. …"He wants to hold Mr. Dolan and Madison Square Garden accountable for what they did."
Wigdor remains confident he can prove Dolan and Madison Square Garden made defamatory statements in the days following Oakley's run-in with security. The Knicks' public relations account released a statement on the night of the incident that said Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998 and helped the franchise reach the 1994 NBA Finals, was "abusive" and added "we hope he gets some help soon." In an interview on ESPN Radio two days after the incident, Dolan said, "To me, Charles has got a problem. We've said it before; he's his own worst problem. People have to understand that. He has a problem with anger. He's both physically and verbally abusive. He may have a problem with alcohol." This is one of subjects Oakley's legal team plans to attack in court.
The people in courtroom 905 at the U.S. Courthouse in lower Manhattan were told to rise at about 2:35 Friday afternoon. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan entered and took his seat, and the next step in Charles Oakley’s civil suit against James Dolan and Madison Square Garden was underway. Oakley and Dolan weren’t there. But lawyers for the former Knicks forward and the Knicks owner were. It marked the first appearance before the judge in the case. This was a pre-motion conference.
The motion will be from the defendants to dismiss Oakley’s suit for monetary compensation over 10 causes of action, among them defamation, libel, slander, assault, battery, false imprisonment and denial of public accommodation.
Before Monday, the last time Doc Rivers and the Clippers invaded Madison Square Garden was Feb. 8. The Clippers beat the Knicks, 119-115. But that’s not what Rivers recalls most about that game last season. Feb. 8 was the night of the Charles Oakley incident at the Garden when the ex-Knick was arrested during his ongoing feud with owner James Dolan.
The feud between James Dolan and Charles Oakley continues into the courtroom. After Oakley was forcibly removed from Madison Square Garden last February, the Knicks owner responded by briefly banning him from Madison Square Garden, and mentioning Oakley has a drinking problem. Oakley responded to Dolan by bringing him to court for a defamation suit. He says what took place at the Knicks game in February was an unnecessary use of force on the part of Dolan, and MSG, along with calling him an alcoholic. Dolan's attorneys are now filing a request to have the suit dismissed.
Dolan's defense is that Oakley's behavior at MSG that night required removal. He claims that Oakley took his seat and began insulting security. Amy Dash, a CBS Sports Legal Analyst, broke down the suit in detail on her website. In the three page letter to the court, Dolan's attorneys accuse Oakley of having, "a long, documented history of altercations with law enforcement and security personnel" and called the February 8, 2017 incident at MSG, where Oakley clashed with MSG guards and was hauled out of the Garden screaming during a Clippers game, just the latest example of his "recidivist behavior." Comparing him to a repeat offender, Dolan's attorneys directed the court to another lawsuit filed in 2011 between Oakley and the Aria Resort and Casino which details, "prior incidents in which Oakley cursed, punched, kicked, and bit security guards trying to restrain him and threw a bystander's camera into a hotel pool; punched a guard in the face; and sent a hotel employee to the hospital by throwing dice at his face."
Former New York Knicks great Charles Oakley is preparing to file a civil suit in response to a February run-in with security at Madison Square Garden and the incident's aftermath, sources familiar with the matter told ESPN. Oakley's civil suit is expected to be filed shortly, per sources. Oakley hinted at the possibility of taking civil action against Dolan when he accepted a deal to have charges stemming from the incident dismissed. It is unclear if the civil suit will specifically target James Dolan, the owner of Madison Square Garden and the Knicks, or the larger entity of Madison Square Garden.
Well, it certainly doesn’t sound like Charles Oakley is crushed by his one-year ban from Madison Square Garden. “I want to thank all my fans around the world. The case is over now that was the hard part. The easy part is stayin away from the Garden OAK,” the former Knicks All-Star power forward tweeted on his personal account Sunday.
So, when will Oakley return to a Knicks home game? “I just left New York; they weren’t playing,” he said, adding a chuckle to punctuate the response. “I don’t know. … That’s a billion-dollar question. … “Would you go back in the Garden?” he turned the question back to the reporter.
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. Judge Joanne Watters set a trial date for Aug. 4 during Oakley's appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court.
Oakley, in a dark suit, didn’t back off his stance he wouldn’t go back to the Garden anytime soon, and said he doesn’t understand the feud with Dolan. “Always an issue [when I go to the Garden],” he said. “I don’t know why there is an issue. I don’t bother no one. I buy my ticket, I go to my seat. I was sitting down when all this happened.”
Oakley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal trespass. He is accused of striking one security guard in the face with a closed fist, and when two other people tried to intervene, both were pushed and received cuts. He is due in court Tuesday. Oakley was set to travel to Chicago and attend Sunday's service for former Bulls executive Jerry Krause and return to New York on Monday.
Charles Oakley says he's "hurting" that ex-teammate Patrick Ewing didn't call him after he was forcefully removed from Madison Square Garden last month ... saying, "You should have been the first!" "I'm hurting because he didn't call in and show love because I had his back for 10 years," Oakley told TMZ Sports.
Oakley, a Cleveland native, sat next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert as the Knicks fell to the defending NBA champions 119-104. He said he was rooting for a good game and rooting for the better team but didn't have much to add about his feud with Knicks owner James Dolan. "I'm just taking it easy. I'm not worried about relationships," he told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "I'm just taking it a day at a time."
When asked if things had cleared up between he and the Knicks, Oakley said, "How long would it take you to get over something?" Oakley's lawyer, Frederick Nance, said Oakley would have more to say at the appropriate time.
Ian Begley: Charles Oakley plans to attend tonight's Knicks-Cavs game in Cleveland, he confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Oakley's close with LeBron.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is “disheartened” that the meeting he brokered between Charles Oakley and Knicks owner James Dolan didn’t lead to a positive resolution, but he remains hopeful that peace can be reached. Silver said Oakley and Dolan apologized to each other when they met Tuesday, but Oakley was “emotional” and not ready to return as a guest at Madison Square Garden.
But in hindsight, Oak said he feels it was calculated to steer All-Star Weekend away from the ugly spectacle of his arrest-by-force at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 8. It didn’t fix the years of ill will between himself and Dolan that detonated in the Garden stands last week. Bygones can’t be bygones yet. “I’m not happy,” Oakley said. “I told them I’m not happy. They’re tryin’ to sweep this under the rug. I gotta think about this. They tried to tell me, ‘Let’s get some understanding around this.’ I told them in the meeting, ‘My understanding is, it might be three, four, five years before I come to a conclusion how I feel about going back in the Garden. I’m not just going back in the Garden because you want to honor me.’
While James Dolan’s ongoing feud with former Knick Charles Oakley continues to unspool in public, the Madison Square Garden Chairman has an unlikely — yet ardent — ally in his corner. “I think Dolan’s a terrific owner. I really do,” Donald Sterling told the Daily News Thursday. “He does the best he can do, and unfortunately sometimes a player misunderstands. I was an owner for 33 years, and sometimes players misunderstand.”
“Oakley compared me to Dolan? Isn’t that amazing. I feel bad about Oakley. I wish that he could understand that there are no hard feelings by Dolan towards him. Owners don’t have hard feelings towards the players,” said Sterling. “They want the players to succeed, because when the players succeed, (owners) succeed.”
Chris Paul, the president of the Players Association, was here for union meetings, and voiced his displeasure for how Charles Oakley was treated by the Knicks and threw his support at Anthony as he deals with trade rumors and how he’s being treated by team president Phil Jackson.
“I know Oak personally so that was real tough to watch,” Paul said. “To hear them say they hope Oak is going to get some help, like he was mentally ill or something, that was tough. Since I’ve come into the NBA, we talk about looking out for younger players. Oak has been a guy who’s always checked on me, injury or anything like that. So to see him treated in that fashion in that arena was tough. I can speak for myself, but for other players I’m sure it was tough.”
Star players have come to Oakley’s defense, but James has a contrasting takeaway. In New Orleans to accept the Bobby Jones Award from the Christian organization Athletes in Action, James told The Post he thinks Oakley needs to grow up in retirement and not act like the “bully’’ he was as a player. “When people allow who they were to get in the way who they’re trying to be today … it’s about growth,’’ said James, who retired in 2014 after 13 NBA seasons, including a title with the Pistons. “So why not try to figure out a new way — not feel like you’re losing your manhood — that you’re gaining? “That’s the hardest thing for him,’’ James added. “You lived as a bully your whole life. At some point, even the bully has to realize bullying isn’t really that cool.”
James emphasized Oakley was a terrific teammate and veteran leader as a player, but would be better served if he changed his tough-guy persona in retirement, especially if he has eyes on landing a job with the Knicks. “He was known for smacking cats in the face if they stepped out of line,’’ James said. “If he said he was going to do something, he was going to do it. As an owner, if you have a big black man pointing a finger at you, I don’t care who you are. He says he’s going to do something — and has been known for doing something his whole career — what makes you think this situation is going to be any different? “When you can be the baddest person and yet be the softest person, that’s just about growing up and presenting a different type of person in a different type of way,’’ James added.
Charles Oakley doesn’t expect his feud with Knicks owner James Dolan to ever end, saying “some things can’t be solved.” And the former Knicks forward may have started a new feud of sorts with the NBA by saying commissioner Adam Silver’s meeting with Oakley and Dolan on Monday at the league office was an effort “to make themselves look good.”
Charles Barkley knows how Dolan feels — he has been the target of Oakley trash talk for years now. The thing is, Barkley doesn’t quite know the reason. “The guy hates me and I don’t know why,” Barkley said from the green room before kicking off TNT’s All-Star studio coverage here. “But I don’t give it much thought. I don’t know why. I just kind of laugh at it.”
On Jan. 31, when Barkley was in the midst of a back-and-forth with Cavaliers star LeBron James, Oakley chimed in on Twitter, writing, “the hater (Barkley) need to stop drinking at work.” Two weeks earlier, the New York Daily News had an item that claimed “a source” close to Oakley said that Oakley wanted to settle the score between the two big men, and that, “Our insider says Oakley proposed that he and Sir Charles could meet in the arena of Barkley’s choosing.”
Mike James, a former NBA point guard, grew up in Long Island in the 1990s a big fan of the Knicks and Charles Oakley. “Everyone loved Oak,’’ James said. James was a supporter of Oakley’s on the court – not off.
“When people allow who they were to get in the way who they’re trying to be today … it’s about growth,’’ said James, who retired in 2014 after 13 NBA seasons including a title with the Pistons. “So why not try to figure out a new way — not feel like you’re losing your manhood — that you’re gaining? That’s the hardest thing for him,’’ James added. “You lived as a bully your whole life. At some point, even the bully has to realize bullying isn’t really that cool.”

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said New York Knicks owner James Dolan operates with a "slave master mentality" by taking issue with Charles Oakley's criticisms after the organization benefited from his contributions as a player. "You doing it for me, it's all good," Green said on his "Dray Day" podcast on Uninterrupted. "You doing it against me -- you speaking out against my organization -- it's not good anymore? That's a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That's ridiculous. "It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now, all of a sudden, when he says something that he feels, it's a problem."
According to a person close to Oakley, the ex-Knicks legend has yet to change his mind on his decision to decline owner James Dolan’s invitation to the Garden. Oakley, according to that person, is holding out hope the organization will release a remorseful public statement apologizing to him and the fans.
Oakley is not as upset over the ejection/arrest but the aftermath. On Friday, Dolan officially banned the former Knick from the arena and the owner went on radio Friday, suggesting Oakley may have an alcohol problem, an anger-management issue and is a danger to the public.
On an episode of his “Dray Day” podcast with Uninterrupted, Green sounded off about Dolan’s treatment of Oakley. The outspoken Warriors forward said Dolan had a “slave master mentality” with the situation. Green had an issue with how Dolan was fine with Oakley’s confrontational personality when it helped the Knicks, but not when he spoke out against the organization. “You doing it for me, it’s all good,” Draymond Green said. “You doing it against me...you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”
One day after Oakley met with the Knicks’ owner, James L. Dolan, in an effort to end one of the more embarrassing episodes in franchise history, Oakley demanded Tuesday that Dolan publicly apologize to him. “I want to have a press conference, and I want him to apologize to me and the fans,” Oakley said of Dolan, adding that he still felt hurt. “There’s a swimming pool full of water; it takes a while when you drain it.”
“Some things don’t just walk away,” Oakley said in the radio interview. “A dog got a broken leg, he ain’t just going to walk away. He going to try to get himself together.” He added: “We had a meeting, tried to talk things out. We came to some kind of conclusion, an understanding, but this is going to hurt for a while.”
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