Former Knicks player Charles Oakley suing James Dolan, MSG

Charles Oakley to sue over Madison Square Garden incident report says

The 53-year-old Oakley is seeking 'an award of damages to the greatest extent permitted under law, ' the filing reads. According to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report, there are 10 "causes of action" in the suit, with libel, slander, assault, battery and false imprisonment among the allegations.

The suit says "Oak", as he is referred to by fans, was treated like a "common criminal" on February 8 when Dolan had a security guard forcibly remove the former Knicks player from Madison Square Garden.

Oakley was arrested, but last month he accepted a deal with prosecutors that would dismiss the misdemeanor assault and trespass charges against him if he stays out of trouble for the next six months and keeps away from the Garden for a year. Oakley was arrested after pushing security guards who were summoned to escort him from the arena. There are dozens of security staff, employees and NYPD that witnessed Oakley's abusive behavior. "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. We've said it before; he's his own worst problem. Of course, players and fans rallied to back Oakley.

'I bought a ticket, I was sitting in my seat and eight people walk up on you, and the next thing you know, you're dragged out of the Garden.

Leading up to the incident, Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988-98, had been critical of the Knicks in general and Dolan in particular.

The suit also states that Dolan and MSG "discriminated against him based on the false perception that he is an alcoholic, all in a transparent attempt to denigrate his standing among Knicks fans". The MSG Sports segment includes the Company's professional sports franchises, which include the New York Knicks (the Knicks) of the National Basketball Association (the NBA), the New York Rangers (the Rangers) of the National Hockey League (the NHL), the New York Liberty (the Liberty) of the Women's National Basketball Association (the WNBA), the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (the AHL), which is the primary player development team for the Rangers, and the Westchester Knicks, an NBA Development League team. But Oakley said later that he told them, "I'd rather go to jail than them saying they did something for me".

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