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.”