Former Knicks star Charles Oakley files suit over MSG toss

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Spiro has stated in the past that for Oakley, the issues stemming from the incident at Madison Square Garden and its fallout have always been a matter of principle. "It is unclear if the civil suit will specifically target James Dolan, the owner of Madison Square Garden and the Knicks, or the larger entity of Madison Square Garden".

During that February game at MSG, Oakley had taken his seat near the court when he was confronted by arena security. When Oakley asked what the problem was, a security guard allegedly asked, "Why are you sitting so close to Mr. Dolan?" Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988 until being traded to Toronto in 1998, will have the charges expunged from his record if he stays out of trouble for six months. After an altercation, he was removed and handcuffed before being taken from the arena.

Oakley says he was neither intoxicated nor otherwise behaving inappropriately that night.

Charles Oakley's civil suit against James Dolan, the MSG Co.

To me, Charles has got a problem.

Dolan said Oakley was harassing him while Oakley claimed he never said a single word to the Knicks owner. People have to understand that.

Oakley also accused Dolan and MSG of maliciously making false statements that the popular ex-Knick was engaged in abusive behavior toward fans and staff during the game and that he might have a problem with alcoholism.

"Defendant Dolan's statements were and are entirely without basis in fact, as Defendant Dolan was well aware", the lawsuit alleges.

Oakley's lawsuit also says he does not know when his feud with the Knicks owner began.

The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, accuses Dolan of defaming Oakley and also alleges assault, battery and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The aggressive filing goes on to call the Knicks "a laughingstock in the National Basketball Association, decried for their incompetence both on and off the court".

"Since Defendant Dolan became chairman of the Knicks, they nearly immediately relinquished their status as one of the NBA's premiere teams, winning only a single lone playoff series since the turn of the century", the suit states.

"By propagating these blatant lies about Mr. Oakley, Defendants Dolan and MSG have caused irreparable harm to his name and career", in a "transparent attempt to denigrate his standing among Knicks fans", the complaint said.

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