Greg Anthony On Charles Oakley: 'I'm Taking Charles Versus The Field'

Feb 10, 2017, 02:09
Greg Anthony On Charles Oakley: 'I'm Taking Charles Versus The Field'

Bulls star Dwyane Wade led a chorus of current and past National Basketball Association players and other famous names Thursday who threw support behind former Knick Charles Oakley, a day after his arrest at Madison Square Garden following a physical confrontation with security. He was asked to leave and was thrown out after not stopping.

Rivers spoke after the game, calling the incident "sad". Fans chanted "Oakley! Oakley!" in support of the former power forward.

He was taken into custody at 8:30 p.m. and is now being held at Midtown South Precinct, with charges pending, police said.

"I asked why and he said, 'You have to leave because someone ordered you to leave.' I [told him], 'I am a Knicks fan, played here for 10 years, I love the Knicks, I love NY".

During the Knicks-Clippers game, cameras caught Oakley getting into an altercation with security who told him he had to leave the game.

It's well known that Oakley and current Knicks owner James Dolan do not like each other.

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Not too long after that the NYPD revealed that Oakley is being charged with three counts of assault and criminal trespassing. The charges are misdemeanors.

There are conflicting reports of how the incident started, with some saying Oakley was the instigator. "There has been bad blood between the two for years, and Oakley was heard shouting Dolan's name".

Oakley's Knicks didn't have the offensive talent to keep up with teams like the Bulls, but what they could control was their defensive tenacity. Oakley knew he wasn't the most talented, but made up with it and his passion and heart made him one of the most feared players by opponents, but beloved by the Knicks fans. Woodson later coached the team to playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013. These days, though, he's directing his anger away from the court, and towards Knicks owner James Dolan. "In 2010, he advised (LeBron) James to avoid signing with the Knicks in free agency".

Oakley said he was particularly wounded by the team's statement last night about the altercation and his arrest.

UPDATE: The Knicks released a statement just a short time ago, mentioning that Oakley was ejected for his behavior in the stands, and not only that, but he is now being placed under arrest. They released a statement during Wednesday night's game that included the phrase, "We hope he gets some help soon". The employees received minor injuries, but declined medical attention.