Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Knicks Ownership Reportedly Lifts Charles Oakley's MSG Ban

Knicks Ownership Reportedly Lifts Charles Oakley's MSG Ban

Michael Jordan and Adam Silver have stepped in on the Charles Oakley and Jim Dolan beef.

Oakley was arrested last Wednesday following an altercation with MSG security while attending a Knicks game, and Dolan banned the former National Basketball Association star from the arena two days later.

Earlier this month, Charles Oakley was forcefully ushered out of Madison Square Garden during a Knicks match-up against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Oakley and Dolan have had a longstanding feud and Garden officials have tried to bar the former power forward, who played in NY for 10 seasons, from entering games in the past.

Oakley told the New York Post on Saturday following his release from jail that he was minding his own business when team security approached his seat.

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Oakley was forcibly removed from Madison Square Garden and subsequently arrested on Wednesday.

"I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Dolan, Mr. Oakley and Mr. Jordan to work towards a resolution of this matter."

So the ban might be lifted, but it appears full reconciliation isn't going to happen just yet between Oakley, Dolan and the Knicks.

Oakley also told ESPN's Dan Le Batard he wouldn't attend a Knicks game as Dolan's guest if the owner offered. At the last public telling, both sides still had significant differences in their sides of the story: Dolan described Oakley as unhinged from the moment he set foot in the arena; the power forward said he was simply enjoying a night with friends.

Dolan, in interviews after the incident, hinted that Oakley has a drinking problem. In his grandiosity and insecurity, he then invites, and I would assume pays for, such "outstanding ex-Knick citizens" as Latrell Sprewell and Vin Baker to sit with him at a game.

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