Report: Charles Oakley planning to sue over MSG incident
Charles Oakley is planning to file a civil lawsuit in response to his highly-publicized incident at Madison Square Garden in February, according to a report.
Oakley, a beloved former New York Knicks player, attended a Knicks-Clippers game on Feb. 8 at MSG and ended up arrested. TV cameras showed him getting physical with security guards who physically removed him from his seat.
Oakley ended up charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault, one misdemeanor count of aggravated harassment and one misdemeanor count of trespassing in addition to two counts of harassment.
The 53-year-old agreed last month to a plea deal that gives him six months of probation and a one-year ban from MSG. His attorney hinted at the time that they would be filing a civil suit against James Dolan.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley say the suit is expected to be filed soon. It’s unclear who will be named as defendants in the suit.
Oakley’s relationship with his former team has been strained for years, even before the incident. He long expressed frustration over his poor relationship with Dolan. His repeated criticism of the team also seemed to further strain matters.