National Basketball Association commissioner steps in to solve Dolan and Oakley rift
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 0:34
Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley is once again welcome at Madison Square Garden following a shoving match with a security guard.
The truce took place in NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who confirmed the meeting in a statement.
The league put out a statement on Silver's behalf about the meeting early Monday evening, which stated both sides acknowledged they'd made mistakes and with Dolan saying he hoped Oakley would be his guest at a game in the future.
Silver gathered the two at the National Basketball Association league offices in NY with Michael Jordan joining via conference call and tried to work out the problem.
Oakley was charged with three counts of assault at Madison Square Garden after the Knicks say he "behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner", per Steve Popper of USA Today.
Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on New York Knicks Owner James Dolan to immediately lift the ban against Charles Oakley, after conversing with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and agreeing that the policy has not been reinforced with other players.
Oakley was banned by Dolan after an altercation during a Knicks home game last Wednesday in which Oakley was physically removed from the arena and later arrested.
Jordan is close friends with Oakley, his former teammate, and has built a relationship with Dolan.
MSG's PR campaign culminated in the return of Latrell Sprewell - another Knicks fan favorite who had been ostracized for more than a decade thanks to a personal feud with Dolan - for Sunday's win against the San Antonio Spurs. It hit a low point when security surrounded Oakley in his seat a few rows behind Dolan during a nationally televised game, and Oakley responded by shoving at least two of the security officials.
The trouble had been brewing for years with Oakley left on the outside by the Knicks and his efforts to get back in good graces rebuffed by Dolan.