MSG bans Oakley after arrest at Knicks game
NEW YORK (AP):
Madison Square Garden (MSG) chairman James Dolan banned Charles Oakley from the arena yesterday, though said he was open to reconciling with the former Knicks forward.
In an interview with ESPN Radio's Michael Kay, Dolan also confirmed a report that he had fired the Garden's security chief, two nights after Oakley was forcefully removed from his seat and arrested at a Knicks game. Dolan said the firing of the security head stemmed from more than just the handling of the incident.
The Knicks said Oakley was "abusive" Wednesday even before reaching his seats in the first quarter, and yesterday distributed a witness report featuring more than a dozen witnesses who described his behaviour and their interactions with him.
The team also shared with The Associated Press a one-minute security video of moments leading up to the altercation, containing brief clips of Oakley in his seat, talking to a hostess and being confronted by Garden officials. There was no audio.
Dolan said Oakley used racial and sexual overtones and that games must remain safe for fans, so he was enforcing the ban.
"We are going to put the ban in place and hopefully it won't be forever," Dolan said.