NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Knicks great Charles Oakley has chosen to go to trial in August over charges he struck a security guard at Madison Square Garden.

Oakley appeared briefly before a Manhattan judge Friday. He rejected a conditional dismissal that would have left him with a clean record after six months of good behavior.

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Oakley became a fan favorite when he played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998. But he’s had a falling out with the organization in recent years.

On Feb. 8, he sat a few rows from Knicks owner James Dolan at a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Former Knick Charles Oakley is asked questions by reporters after leaving Manhattan Criminal Court on April 11, 2017. (credit: CBS2)

Security approached Oakley early in the game and a fracas ensued. Oakley was removed from the building and handcuffed.

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The Knicks released a statement the night of the incident saying that Oakley “behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” adding, “He was a great Knick, and we hope he gets some help soon.”

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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.

Oakley says he didn’t do anything wrong.

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