MSG has long had a contentious relationship with Knicks legend Charles Oakley. Those problems — whatever they are — spilled over into physical violence in the stands during Wednesday night’s Knicks-Clippers game.
Soooooo Charles Oakley just got into a fight at he Knicks game. pic.twitter.com/klZBD89VI7— Ian Schafer (@ischafer) February 9, 2017
OK, so we don’t have all the info here, obviously, but there have been a few reports from people at the scene. Apparently the fracas erupted between Oakley and MSG security a few feet from owner James Dolan.
Here is another angle of Charles Oakley confrontation... Knicks owner James Dolan is a few feet from the skirmish pic.twitter.com/Ir223iwvx3— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 9, 2017
The former Knick was rushed away by security and handcuffed, and team president Phil Jackson tried to calm him down in the tunnel:
Oakley with cuffs on yelling that this 'is bull shit, Dolan did this.' Phil trying to calm him down— Yaron Weitzman (@YaronWeitzman) February 9, 2017
Phil Jackson trying to calm down Charles Oakley in the tunnel, surrounded by security.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 9, 2017
The fight was shown and reported on the ESPN feed, but as of 8:45 pm ET it has not been mentioned on MSG Network. The Knicks organization released a statement via Twitter:
Oakley played 10 seasons with the Knicks, was a major part of the 1993-94 Eastern Conference champion squad, and ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in several categories.