NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Knicks great Charles Oakley insists he didn’t accost the team’s owner, James Dolan, just before he was forcibly removed from Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
Oakley was arrested and charged with three counts of assault and trespassing.
“I was there for four minutes,” Oakley told the New York Daily News after being released from the Midtown South police station. “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said, ‘Why do you guys keep staring at me?’ Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.”
In another interview, posted on ESPN.com, Oakley said he asked one security guard why he was being asked to leave. “He said, ‘To be honest, you have to leave because someone ordered you to leave,'” Oakley said.
As CBS2’s Otis Livingston explained, there are different reports of what really happened on Wednesday night.
Sources told CBS2 the altercation with security followed comments Oakley made to Dolan.