My dad told me three key life lessons. 1.) Work hard 2.) Eat your vegetables; and 3.) Don’t EVER mess with Charles Oakley. Better advice has never been given.
The former Knicks enforcer was ejected and arrested after a bizarre scenario played out during the Clippers/Knicks game last night. According to Oakley, he was approached by MSG security in his seat and asked to leave the game without explanation. He wasn’t happy about it.
Instead of going quietly, Oak went after the security guards like they were Bill Laimbeer. He engaged in some 90’s Eastern Conference pushing and shoving with the security before being forcefully removed.
The fight occurred in the direct vicinity of Knicks owner James Dolan, who watched from beyond a wall of rent-a-cops as the situation unraveled. This scene was so crazy, it briefly stopped the actual game.
Soooooo Charles Oakley just got into a fight at he Knicks game. pic.twitter.com/klZBD89VI7
— Ian Schafer (@ischafer) February 9, 2017
Another video shows Oakley being forcefully restrained on the ground. Not good optics. Knicks President Phil Jackson watched the entire embarrassing debacle unfold, but like the Knicks losing, he could do nothing to stop it.
— JrW (@Javoris) February 9, 2017
The Knicks PR department sent out a tweet blaming the incident on Oakley.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 9, 2017
Following his release from jail, Oakley had a different take on the ejection and arrest. He said he was minding his own business when he was asked to leave the arena, and wasn’t satisfied with the explanation he was given.
— The Fuzz (@TheFuzzNBA) February 9, 2017
The hasthag #FreeOakley popped up on social media and fans at the Garden chanted the same phrase in the arena following the ejection. Regardless of who’s right or wrong here, it’s clear the fans side with Oakley over Dolan.
New York Daily News Knicks beat reporter Frank Isola tweeted that Oakley was allegedly yelling in the direction of Dolan and told to stop. He didn’t.
Charles Oakley was said to be yelling at James Dolan and was warned to stop, according to a source. He continued and was then asked to leave
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 9, 2017
Any way you look at it, this incident was really ugly, just like Knicks basketball.