Report: Oakley could return to MSG soon

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:56 PM EST

According to an ESPN report, Charles Oakley could be allowed back into the Madison Square Garden soon. Oakley was banned from the arena on Friday after being arrested on Wednesday for three assault charges and trespassing.

ESPN is saying that he could be welcomed back in the coming weeks. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan have tried to help Oakley and Knicks owner James Dolan to squash their beef that they have.

Former NBA player Charles Oakley attending the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award presentation
Charles Oakley attending the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award presentation (Getty Images)

Oakley reportedly has not been pleased that he has not been invited to participate in the team’s 70th anniversary events. LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, among others, have come to Oakley’s support following the incident.

The Knicks fan favorite from 1988 to 1998 said that he did nothing wrong, while Dolan insists that he has anger and alcohol problems. New York took a black eye from the backlash from the incident.

Even Rev. Al Sharpton said he would picket if Oakley’s ban was not lifted.

“It is beyond disheartening to see situations involving members of the NBA family like the one that occurred at Madison Square Garden this past week,” Silver said. “In an effort to find a path forward, New York Knicks owner James Dolan, Charles Oakley, and I met today at the league office, along with Michael Jordan, who participated by phone.

“Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA. Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his quest in the near future. I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Dolan, Mr. Oakley and Mr. Jordan to work towards a resolution on this matter.”

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