NEW YORK — Knicks owner James Dolan said Friday that former star Charles Oakley had been barred from Madison Square Garden, although he held out the possibility the ban would not be forever.
Dolan said he was taking the action because of what occurred during Wednesday night's Knicks game at the Garden, in which Oakley engaged in a shoving match with security guards not far from where Dolan was sitting.
Oakley was then led out of the arena in handcuffs and taken to a local police precinct, where he was charged with various misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault and criminal trespass.
Dolan made his disclosure about the ban on Michael Kay's afternoon program on ESPN Radio. He said he had loved watching Oakley play basketball for the Knicks, "but my No. 1 concern has to be the safety of the fans." He said Oakley had acted inappropriately Wednesday night from the time he entered the arena.
"I understand he was a big star, but that doesn't excuse people from that kind of behavior," Dolan said. He also said he hoped the Knicks and Oakley, who have long been at odds, might make amends.
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