Charles Oakley Gets Ejected from Madison Square Garden, Reportedly Arrested

Former Knicks forward Charles Oakley got ejected from Madison Square Garden and subsequently arrested following an altercation near team owner James Dolan on Wednesday night.

Oakley, 53, appeared to shove security guards before they pulled him away from his seat behind the baseline. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” as he was escorted out of the building.

“Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” the Knicks said in a statement. “He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”

Knicks president Phil Jackson reportedly tried to calm Oakley down, who was yelling about Dolan and telling security he wasn’t going to move as they handcuffed him outside the tunnel leading to the court.

Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988-98, helping them reach the NBA Finals, but has a poor relationship with the team because of his criticisms of Dolan, the Madison Square Garden chairman.

Oakley has said in the past that Dolan has been unwelcoming to him in the recent year.