Not even 48 hours after being removed from Madison Square Garden for shoving security officers, former New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley has been banned from ever returning to his former team's home court - not even if he purchases a ticket to attend.
DNA Info reports that Dolan may take action against other employees in the aftermath of the incident.
Oakley, who has a rocky history with Dolan, denied the accusations in a round of media interviews on Thursday, claiming he said nothing to Dolan during the four minutes he was at the game.
On Friday, MSG relayed some of those alleged statements - secondhand via Mike Francesa's WFAN radio show - in which security guards say Oakley lashed out at them as racially motivated "henchmen". To prove my point of this spite, look at this video from last nights Rangers' game where MSG security attempts to kick out a fan over a "Free Oakley" chant. "Then they asked me to leave", Oakley told the newspaper.
"There are dozens of security staff, employees and NYPD that witnessed Oakley's abusive behavior", the team said in a statement.
Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988 until 1998, helping them reach the 1994 NBA Finals alongside Patrick Ewing, John Starks, the late Anthony Mason and head coach Pat Riley.
"That can't be something he meant to have happen", Dolan said of the incident. Oakley was arrested and charged "with three counts of misdemeanor assault".
"Hope that he gets some help soon?" "We are putting a ban in place (on Oakley)".
The 6ft 8in Oakley was a rugged enforcer openly appreciated by teammates, from Michael Jordan in Chicago to Patrick Ewing in NY, and he remains respected by current players. "I've been in the league a long time and I've never seen a thing like that". According to the Knicks, Charles wouldn't stop hurling insults at James over the management of the team (the team is now 22-32, 12th in the Eastern Conference and by no means a playoff contender.) Pushing and shoving followed, which forced security to arrest him. Police gave him a summons for a desk appearance at a later date. "They say I'm an alcoholic, so I might have to start drinking some wine - wine's not alcohol".