"I asked the commissioner to set up a meeting with (Dolan), take a step forward", said Oakley.
In the ESPN interview, Oakley said the incident escalated because he felt threatened.
The details of Oakley's weird removal are still murky, but based on the current reports, it doesn't look good for the Knicks. Oakley" as he was being led off, " the New York Times reported.
Oakley, 53, played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998 and helped them reach the NBA Finals in 1994.
Officials had to stop the game with the Clippers as Oakley was dragged out. He was an All-Star in 1993-94, and he averaged 9.7 points and 9.5 rebounds in 1,282 career games.
Knicks president Phil Jackson tried to calm down Oakley, who was yelling at Dolan and telling security he wasn't leaving. Oakley was charged with three accounts of misdemeanor assault and one of criminal trespassing. The charges are misdemeanors. It will be the imagine of him being taken down to the ground last night in the same arena he gave his all 2 as a player by the guards! Oakley has been a frequent critic of Dolan's management of the Knicks.
We talked to Chris Childs. who played with Oakley on the Knicks teams of the mid-'90s. and he told us the situation is a disgrace, but he definitely sides with Charles' contention that he did nothing wrong. These days, though, he's directing his anger away from the court, and towards Knicks owner James Dolan.
But because this is the Knicks, and because this involves Knicks owner James Dolan, this story isn't that simple.
However, the Knicks claim that Oakley "behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner".
In November, the New York Times' Scott Cacciola wrote about Oakley's damaged relationship with the Knicks' organization, noting that he has at different times "criticized the team's front office, coaches and resident stars". But the Knicks are also out of line for harassing a paying customer and then trying to humiliate him by releasing a statement and saying he needs help.
Three MSG employees reportedly suffered minor injuries in the scuffle but declined any medical treatment.
The Clippers won the game, 119-115.
Of course, Prince Goldfish-Dolan doesn't like being reminded that his father's teams were better than his in every way, so he systematically excludes former Knick greats from current team functions, and that includes players like Charles Oakley. "Unlike other former players, Oakley is never invited back to the Garden or celebrated in tributes". "I'll come on the air and clear it up".