Ah, the story no Knicks fan ever wanted to write might finally be coming to an end. We hope.
All-time franchise great Charles Oakley finally settled in court on charges stemming from the now infamous Feb. 8 incident, when the longtime power forward was forcibly ejected from MSG following a confrontation with security during a nationally-televised Knicks game (in hindsight, of course it was nationally-televised). The Knicks pressed charges (of course), which led Oak to a New York court room on Friday morning.
On Friday, Assistant District Attorney Ryan Lipes offered Oakley a deal -- an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal -- that will lead to the charges being dropped if he stays out of trouble for six months and complies with a condition that prohibits Oakley from trespassing at Madison Square Garden for one year.
Oakley declined comment when asked about the trespassing condition, but he said in court that he had "no plans to go" to Madison Square Garden when the condition was announced by Judge Tamiko Amaker.
So the state of New York doesn’t want Charles Oakley to visit the Garden for one year and Oak was like, “No problem...I don’t wanna go anyway.”
How far we’ve come!
If you’re surprised that MSG didn’t try to take this matter in even more disturbingly petty directions, don’t fret: They were totally prepared to make things worse.
In a letter to Lipes obtained by ESPN's Arash Markazi, a lawyer for Madison Square Garden's security personnel that was involved in the incident with Oakley requested the court require that Oakley attend three weeks of anger management counseling, perform 10 days of community service and remain at least 1,000 feet from the MSG security guards whom he allegedly assaulted.
The lawyer for Madison Square Garden's security personnel stated in the letter that Oakley "needs counseling and deserves real punishment" and alleged that Oakley showed no remorse for his actions. The lawyer also accused Oakley of using the incident for personal gain after he appeared at a New York City nightclub.
Yes, I’m sure the security guards genuinely were pissed about Oakley perhaps profiting from the incident and endeavored on their own to petition the state to dole out more punishment. The only surprise here is that nobody asked the judge to hand Oakley mandatory alcohol counseling.
Please be finished with this now, everybody.