Oak­ley su­ing Knicks boss for defama­tion

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS -

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.”

■ A pro­posal to re­model Seat­tle’s KeyArena has an am­bi­tious time­line that could have it ready to house a pro­fes­sional fran­chise within three years.

ODDS AND ENDS

NHL: De­fense­man Kris Le­tang, who missed the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins’ en­tire Stan­ley Cup run last sea­son fol­low­ing surgery to cor­rect a her­ni­ated disk in his neck, said he has been cleared for con­tact when the team opens train­ing camp Fri­day.

Olympics: There’s an out­side shot the United States won’t have to wait 11 years to host its next Olympics.

It’s a long shot , but there’s talk in Salt Lake City, and even some in Den­ver, of a bid for the 2026 Win­ter Games, which take place two years be­fore the Sum­mer Olympics re­turn to Los An­ge­les.

The same coun­try host­ing back-to-back Olympics hasn’ t hap­pened since be­fore World War II.

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