Charles Oakley Sues James Dolan And Madison Square Garden

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Charles Oakley Sues James Dolan And Madison Square Garden


New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley has filed a lawsuit against Knicks owner James Dolan, Madison Square Garden and MSG Networks for defamation, assault, false imprisonment and violations to the Americans with Disabilities Act over the infamous incident last season.

On February 8, Charles Oakley was visiting Madison Square Guarden to watch the New York Knicks play against the Los Angeles Clippers. The game was nationally broadcasted, and cameras filmed security approaching Oakley early in the game, leading to a fight breaking out. Oakley then was removed from the building, in handcuffs. He said he did not do anything wrong, and that security surrounded him for no reason to spark the altercation, but shouldn’t have put his hands on anyone.

According to USA TODAY Sports, Oakley is ‘seeking unspecified damages and requests a jury trial.’

The Madison Square Garden Company issued a statement saying:

“This is a frivolous lawsuit and nothing more than another attempt by Mr. Oakley to garner attention. We will deal with this accordingly.”

The lawsuit claims that Dolan and Madison Square Garden have caused irreparable harm to Oakley, “discriminated against him based on the false perception that he is an alcoholic.”

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