Oakley suing Knicks boss for defamation
Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley sued the team’s owners, saying he was defamed when they claimed he committed assault and was an alcoholic after his February arrest at a game.
The lawsuit details how Oakley was treated before and after he was forcefully removed from Madison Square Garden during the first quarter of a Feb. 8 Knicks loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. It seeks unspecified damages.
Oakley was a Knicks fan favorite from 1988-98. He was accused of striking a security guard during the February fracas. Prosecutors agreed last month to dismiss charges after six months of good behavior.
Many of the lawsuit’s more venomous claims are directed at team owner James Dolan, who was near Oakley when the power forward was seen shoving security guards before they pulled him away from his seat.
The Madison Square Garden Co. called the lawsuit “frivolous.”
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