In a sudden and bizarre scene at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, former NBA tough guy Charles Oakley appeared to get into an altercation with a security guard behind the Knicks’ bench during the first quarter. Details are sparse at this point, but ESPN’s Ian Begley is reporting that Oakley was trying to go after Knicks’ owner James Dolan.
Oakley played for the Knicks for several season but has had a fractured relationship with the organization. Oakly was known as a brute and enforcer throughout his NBA career, and as seen in the video, wasn’t about to leave the arena quietly as it took an entire team of security guards to remove him from the stands and get him into the tunnel.
It’s unclear exactly what Oakley might’ve been upset with Dolan about, but Begley continues to report that incident was, indeed, related to the embattled owner.
Soon after the incident, the Knicks’ PR team released a statement via Twitter denouncing Oakley’s behavior and saying that he is indeed under arrest with the New York City Policy Department.
And here’s another view of the altercation from a fan video where Oakley appears to shove a second man in the face.