About the tenuous relationship between former star Charles Oakley and the New York Knicks, specifically James Dolan — fuggedaboutit, officially.
In the latest salvo from either side, Oakley has been banned for life from Madison Square Garden after being ejected and arrested for an altercation during a game Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Michael Kay.
This surprise announcement comes on the heels of New York Knicks owner James Dolan — who Oakley has several issues with — reportedly firing security chief Frank Benedetto in the wake of the ugly incident.
The controversial move comes two days after Oakley was forcibly removed from the Knicks-L.A. Clippers game at MSG by security. The 53-year-old was later charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of trespassing.
Oakley told reporters Thursday that Dolan was responsible for his removal, saying he was just minding his own business prior to being ejected. Knicks PR later released a statement calling Oakley’s account “pure fiction.”
The Knicks, meanwhile, were mum on Benedetto’s reported dismissal.
“We don’t comment on employees that have left the company,” MSG spokesman Barry Watkins said in an interview.