Oak­ley’s suit tar­gets Dolan


Charles Oak­ley’s feud with Knicks owner James Dolan has hit the courts.

The beloved for­mer Knick filed a fed­eral law­suit Tues­day, claim­ing that Dolan has “con­stantly dis­re­spected” him and that Dolan’s “an­i­mos­ity” re­sulted in Oak­ley’s clash with se­cu­rity dur­ing the Feb. 8 game at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

The scathing suit ac­cuses Dolan of giv­ing Oak­ley the cold shoul­der af­ter tak­ing con­trol of the team in 1999, “whether it was be­cause of re­sent­ment for Mr. Oak­ley’s pas­sion­ate fol­low­ing among Knicks fans, anger that Mr. Oak­ley would not ‘kiss the ring’ of the heir to the [MSG] em­pire, or petty in­se­cu­ri­ties driven by his own per­sonal demons.”

The suit comes a month af­ter Oak­ley copped a plea in the clash that would see the mis­de­meanor charges against him dis­missed.

Oak­ley, 53, who was also banned from the Gar­den for a year, tus­sled with se­cu­rity guards dur­ing the game af­ter sources and wit­nesses said he drunk­enly started heck­ling Dolan, who was sit­ting nearby.

But Oak­ley de­nied any wrong­do­ing and claims in the suit that se­cu­rity be­rated him first by ask­ing, “Why are you sit­ting so close to Mr. Dolan?” be­fore drag­ging him out of the arena, al­legedly at the owner’s be­hest.

MSG said, “This is a friv­o­lous law­suit and noth­ing more than an­other at­tempt by Mr. Oak­ley to garner at­ten­tion.”

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