The altercation between New York Knicks legend, Charles Oakley, and the team’s owner, James Dolan, is still lingering as Oakley prepares to stand before a judge in an attempt to resolve the issue concerning his February arrest and charges.
Although Oakley faces three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal trespassing, he maintains his innocence and told the Associated Press that he has no regrets about the events leading up to his arrest and ejection from Madison Square Garden.
“I would have done everything just the same way,” Oakley revealed. “I didn’t do nothing. I was only in the arena five minutes. I didn’t know you could get in that much trouble in five minutes. I’d take my chances and do the same thing again.”
According to reports, Oakley is accused of punching a security guard in the face and throwing two other individuals off of him as they tried to intervene. Initially, Dolan banned the legendary baller from the Garden, where he played for 10 years, however, after a meeting with Adam Silver, the ban was lifted. According to Oakley, nothing really came of the meeting and the issue had not been resolved. So, is Oakley really welcomed back in the Garden?
“That’s the million-dollar question. I don’t know,” Oakley said. “Right now, we’re trying to get closure. Why was there a ban? Why do I have three assault cases? I want to get all that settled. That’s the most important thing right now. It’s not about the ban or going to the Garden. It’s about going to the next step.”
“I hope we can come to an understanding, and get to the point of ‘why?’” he added, before discussing the allegations Dolan brought forth against him. After the incident, Dolan suggested that Oakley was struggling with anger issues, saying “he’s both physically and verbally abusive. He may have a problem with alcohol. We don’t know.” But, Oakley felt Dolan knew, as he maintained he never showed any signs of anger issues or alcohol abuse.
“I’ve shown none of that stuff he’s talked about,” Oakley said. “There’s nothing that can tell him that I have any of the things that he’s talking about in my life. He’s said this three or four times to different people. It’s his way of trying to throw people under the bus.”
Fortunately for Oakley, no one fed into Dolan’s accusations. Many showed support of the former baller, recognizing his contribution to the organization all while criticizing Dolan for the mistreatment of a legend. Although appreciative of the support, Oakley says he didn’t need it.
“Nobody had to go to bat for me. You think of all the people who went to bat for me, they know I’m a true gentleman guy at all times,” he said.
In the meantime, Oakley is scheduled to face a judge in court on Tuesday to get closure on the Garden incident once for all.
“I’m not nervous. I believe in myself,” he said of his court date. “They said this, they said that. But 20,000 people were at the game. Millions of people saw what happened. There’s no reason for me to be nervous. If I’m wrong, I’ll take my punishment.”