Former Knicks player Charles Oakley was arrested and charged with three counts of assault following an altercation in the stands near team owner James Dolan at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
The incident happened when Kristaps Porzingis in the first quarter was shooting free throws against LA Clippers. According to the police he had purchased a seat a few rows behind Dolan and was making comments at the Knicks owner, who eventually had security escort him from the arena.
“I was there for four minutes,” said Oakley after being released from Midtown South Precinct shortly past midnight ET. “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.I’m a Knicks fan. I played here for 10 years. I love the Knicks. I love New York, he said. I wish ’em all the luck and success on the basketball court. I don’t know why I’m not welcome into the Garden.”
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said he saw what happened:
“I was kind of on the opposite end of the court,” Anthony said. “I just saw a commotion, guys standing up. I don’t really know kind of what happened, all the details.”