Michael Jordan did his best Iyanla Vanzant on Monday. The Hall of Fame great was on the phone meeting with his buddy, and former Knick, Charles Oakley, New York Knicks owner James Dolan and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
The sit-down was an attempt to squash the beef between Oakley, who’s been highly critical of Dolan’s decisions as team owner. As the owner, Dolan has been throwing his weight around, and reports emerged that Oakley wasn’t invited to participate in the team’s 70th-anniversary celebration. The beef came to a head recently when Oakley was taken out of the home of the Knicks, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, during a home game.
Oakley claimed that he’d purchased his own ticket (most former players’ tickets are comped) and was sitting in his seat when security approached him. An altercation ensued and Oakley was arrested.
Dolan claims that Oakley was being a jerk, so he had him tossed. The Knicks then went low and tweeted a jab at Oakley, noting that the team “hopes he gets the help he needs.”
Then the Knicks reportedly banned Oakley from MSG for life.
That’s when the NBA commish jumped in and got his Oprah on. He called Iyanla Jordan and said, “Fix this.” So they all met and hugged it out.
“Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA,” Silver said, TMZ Sports reports. “Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future.”
TMZ Sports notes that the ban is lifted, but Oakley is still looking at those assault charges from the MSG incident.
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