After a highly publicized incident last week, where Oakley was confronted by Garden security (the head of security was sacked for the incident), the Knicks organization released a shady Tweet saying it hopes Oakley “gets some help soon”.
“I am just. I am not going to go there”, Dolan said. Probably get thrown out of here for saying that stuff. Oakley shoved one of the security personnel before being removed. There was no audio. “I don’t know what the f- they’re looking at, but they’re getting on my f-ing nerves”, Oakley allegedly said, via Jonathan Lehman of the New York Post.
Phil Jackson at a press conference last summer.
Oakley has been critical of Knicks owner James Nolan, who has used his weight to continuously exclude Oakley from anything Knicks related.
Pitino, who coached Oakley for two seasons in the late 1980s, said he was “disappointed” to see video of the incident, which occurred during the Knicks’ loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, “because I love him so much”. “And you know, I mean, how do you bring your kids to a game if you think that’s going to happen?”
On Friday afternoon, the Knicks issed a release with several statements made by employees present at the game. Oakley said he bought a ticket to the game, sat down, and within minutes guards were telling him he had to leave. So, after he took his seat on Wednesday, about four rows behind the owner, security approached him.
A second security officer alleged that the Knicks great claimed he was being “discriminated against” because of his race.
Dolan, who said he isn’t going to exercise any contract opt-outs, acknowledged that fans, fed up as ever, may want him to step in, but said “it doesn’t work that way”.
But he said Oakley first must address what he characterized as anger issues.
Oakley was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal trespass, all third-degree misdemeanors.
Benedetto previously served as a US secret service official who helped protect president George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
On Friday, the Knicks fired head of security Frank Benedetto in response. He was credited with ensuring the safety of former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. He has had a poor relationship with the team because of his criticisms of Dolan, ESPN reported.
Miller also tweeted that it would be a “DAMN SHAME” if Dolan doesn’t want Oakley around the organization. They played with a physicality that is no longer part of the National Basketball Association game.