When the criminal case against Charles Oakley was finally settled, with the Knicks legend accepting a 1-year ban from Madison Square Garden, many assumed the long and ugly battle between he and Knicks owner James Dolan would be put to rest at least for a bit. However, on Tuesday morning, Oakley filed a civil lawsuit against Dolan, MSG, and MSG Sports and Entertainment for libel and slander.
The lawsuit alleges that the statements made by MSG and Dolan after the February incident in which Oakley had a physical altercation with Garden security about Oakley having problems with alcohol were damaging to his reputation. This is in reference to both the official statement from MSG released after the incident that insinuated that his issues with alcohol were directly related to his altercation, as well as Dolan doubling down on the alcoholism accusation in his bizarre radio interview following his initial decision to ban Oakley.
While Oakley accepted a plea deal for his role in the incident itself, it’s clear that he hasn’t forgotten what Dolan said and isn’t ready to let that just slide. Oakley’s lawsuit alleges Dolan launched a “defamatory public relations campaign” against him to try and turn Knicks fans against him.