This petty war between Charles Oakley and the New York Knicks isn’t going to end well for the Knicks. In the aftermath of Oakley being tossed from the stands Wednesday, popular New York sports radio host Michael Kay announced Friday that Oakley is no longer welcome in Madison Square Garden, a home he helped build.
“Charles Oakley will never be allowed to enter MSG again, even if he purchases a ticket,” Kay told his audience, according to the New York Daily News.
Oakley has been critical of Knicks owner James Nolan, who has used his weight to continually exclude Oakley from anything Knicks-related. The Knicks are set to celebrate 70 years as an organization, and Oakley has reportedly not been invited to participate.
On Wednesday, Nolan claimed that Oakley was being belligerent and was asked by Knicks security to leave. Oakley claimed that he was in his seat minding his business when security came over and tried to force him out. Oakley was arrested and charged “with three counts of misdemeanor assault.”
Unless the Knicks agree to make this right, this isn’t going to end well. Oakley is a fan and player favorite, and unless Nolan is friends with Charles Barkley (who hates Oakley, and whom Oakley hates back), then this whole thing is going to really get uglier than it already is.
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