Former Knicks player Charles Oakley banned from Madison Square Garden: ESPN Radio

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"The most important thing is we need to keep the Garden a place that is comfortable and safe", Dolan said on ESPN radio. It appears he is putting a ban on going to Knicks games and possibly performing at The Garden. "Hopefully it won't be forever". Oakley was handcuffed near an arena exit as he waited for police to arrive. Reached by phone, Spiro said due to the nature of desk appearance tickets, a number of things can happen between now and the court date, including dismissal.

Early in the first quarter, the "We want Oakley!" chants broke out among the thousands in attendance. Oakley is known to have a strained relationship with the team, because of his criticism of Dolan's leadership.

Dolan's pronouncements come two days after Oakley was forcibly removed from the Knicks' game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night and arrested.

"It is very clear to us that Charles Oakley came to the Garden with an agenda, with a mission in mind". "You saw a person hold up a sign but I don't think you can kick people out for wearing a shirt".

"Let's start with the claims that Charles Oakley was loud and rowdy and there were" dozens" of witnesses to his actions.

Dolan, the Knicks owner and executive chairman, also speculated in an interview with the Post that Oakley has an "addiction".

MSG owner James Dolan fired the arena's senior vice persident for security, Frank Benedetto, Friday morning, the sources said.

"I'm not going to argue with James Dolan". Growing up I watched Charles Oakley protect the wrest of the team by playing physical and doing all the dirty work no other player was either willing or capable of doing.

"I don't know how to explain it", Dolan said.

The night Oakley got into a shoving match with security at MSG and was ejected and then arrested, the Knicks issued a statement saying they thought his behavior was inappropriate and they "hope he gets help".

The fracas surrounding Oakley, 53, lit up social media, with current and former National Basketball Association players and fans bashing his ejection as "sad" and disrespectful to a fan favorite nicknamed the "Chairman of the Boards". "Everything he has said since the incident is pure fiction".

Oakley "exemplified what it meant to be a NY athlete" and will "always be loved by NY fans".

Oakley told Fox 5 that Jordan, LeBron James, and some former Knicks teammates contacted him to lend their support and say they "have [his] back".