Knicks Legend Charles Oakley Tells His Side – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire whether you're a basketball fan or not, you've probably heard about all the drama at last night's Knicks vs. Clippers game. If not here's the scoop. Basketball and Knicks legend, Charles Oakley, was in the house until security ushered him out of the arena. It was pretty crazy. Stunned fans watched as Oak was approached by several members of security. Next thing you know they started pushing and shoving, Oak was reportedly arrested, and charged with three counts of assault. Peep the video footage below:
Soooooo Charles Oakley just got into a fight at he Knicks game. pic.twitter.com/klZBD89VI7
— Ian Schafer (@ischafer) February 9, 2017
Charles Oakley getting in a physical confrontation at Knicks game: pic.twitter.com/EeUmWAN8fm — Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 9, 2017
Yeah... this was crazy. Everyone was stunned and watched as the situation progressively got worse. The Knicks franchise later issued a statement regarding the incident stating:
"Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner."
"What happened is me and four friends went to the game tonight, to watch the Knicks and Clippers. We did sit down, trying to have a good time. Next thing I know I was asked to leave the building," Oakley said at a New York restaurant after his release from Midtown South Precinct shortly past midnight ET. "I asked, 'Why?' and they said, 'You have to leave because someone ordered you to leave.' And I'm like, 'I've been here four-and-a-half minutes.' "When someone is walking up on you, you've got to protect yourself in all matters," Oakley continued. "I've been in situations like this before. I've been jumped before. So in my mind, if you see eight, nine, 10 guys walking up on you, you've got to brace yourself and be ready for the challenge. That's all I was thinking." "I'm a Knicks fan, played here 10 years. I love the Knicks. I love New York. This is my heart. I wish them all the luck and success on the basketball court. I don't know why I'm not welcome into the Garden."
"That was tough for me to watch," said Rivers. "Honest to God, you could see it. I actually took three steps and I swear I was going to run down there, and I thought, 'What the hell am I going to do?' But I didn't like that. That's my guy. That was tough to watch from where I was standing." "He's the best teammate in the world," Rivers continued. "He really is. Honestly, the players could see me. That was a tough thing to watch. I've been in the league a long time; I've never seen anything like that."
According to reports, Oakley was charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault, all third degree, and one count of criminal trespass, a third-degree misdemeanor. He will be required to appear in front of a judge sometime next month. Fans cheered for Oakley as security ejected him from the Madison Square Garden arena and took to Twitter, posting #FreeOakley. Even LeBron James jumped on the band wagon posting the below image and caption on his Instagram page. https://www.instagram.com/p/BQRv0xvFXMJ/?taken-by=kingjames&hl=en