Former New York Knicks superstar Charles Oakley has reportedly filed a civil suit against Knicks owner James Dolan, Madison Square Garden, and MSG Networks for defamation, assault, false imprisonment, and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In a 21-page complaint, Oakley seeks unspecified damages and requests a jury trial.
The lawsuit stems from an altercation Oakley had with MSG security during a game on February 8th where he had to be physically removed from the court. He was later charged with two misdemeanors of assault, two misdemeanors of harassment and one misdemeanor of trespassing.
After the incident, Dolan suggested that Oakley had an alcohol problem and anger management issues.
The suit claims that Dolan and MSG have caused irreparable harm to Oakley “based on the false perception that he is an alcoholic.”
According to TMZ, in his suit, filed in federal court in New York, Oakley claims James Dolan had it out for him from the moment he took over the team because Charles refused to “kiss the ring.”
“Dolan constantly disrespected Mr. Oakley, refusing to make eye contact or shake his hand during meetings, denying the type of fan appreciation nights given to much less popular and successful members of the Knicks.”