Charles Oakley’s ugly ejection and arrest at Madison Square Garden last night turned into front page headlines this morning. Oakley was approached by MSG security during the game, refused to leave, and got into some 1995 Eastern Conference Finals pushing and shoving with security. He was restrained, ejected and arrested.
Here’s video of the incident:
Soooooo Charles Oakley just got into a fight at he Knicks game. pic.twitter.com/klZBD89VI7
— Ian Schafer (@ischafer) February 9, 2017
Predictably, Knicks fans and many in the media have jumped to Oakley’s defense and rushed to paint him as the victim in the situation, pinning the blame on unlikable Knicks owner James Dolan.
It makes sense. Oakley is a beloved tough guy from the last Knicks teams that were actually good, and Dolan is the worst owner in professional sports and has run the once proud franchise into the ground.
Today in The Herd, Colin said that he has little respect for James Dolan, who he has publicly called a meatball, but last night’s ugliness was 100% on Oakley.
“This is 100% on Charles Oakley’s fault. Stop it. Can we live in a society for a change where people are culpable for their own actions?”
Colin noted this isn’t Oakley’s first incident of public aggression in his post-NBA life. He was sued for an allegedly biting a police officer in Las Vegas, and reportedly got into a physical confrontation after attempting to sneak into the Cleveland locker room following their Game 7 Finals win at Oracle. Oakley is a Cleveland native, but never played for the Cavs. He also allegedly slapped Charles Barkley during a CBA negotiation and punched a teammate who owed him money.
To say Oakley has a history of putting his hands on people is underselling it.
Sure, James Dolan has turned the Knicks franchise into a joke, but Colin thinks justifying Oakley’s actions of effectively assaulting security because of perceived disrespect from the organization is idiotic.
Even if Oakley has been slighted by the petty Dolan, and excluded from a relationship with the team, the video shows he was sitting directly behind the Knicks owner at the game and allegedly heckling him, which led to the security being called and his removal.
What did the hell did Oakley think was going to happen when he heckled an NBA owner in his own arena?
C’mon. Stop telling me this is all on James Dolan. According to multiple sources, he went to the arena and had barked a little at Dolan.
If you owned an NBA team, and a player started barking at you, I’d kick his arse right out of the arena. And I’m not a James Dolan fan.”
The Knicks hope to put last night behind them tomorrow at home against the Nuggets, and turn the attention back to their team’s awful on-court performance.
Here’s Colin explaining why this dust up is 100% on the Oak Tree:
Comedian and New York Knicks Superfan Michael Rapaport stopped by the show to push back at Colin and defend Oak. He called last night a “tipping point” for Knicks fans who are fed up with Dolan and the organization’s incompetence.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 9, 2017