Another leaf from the Charles Oakley incident has fallen off the tree. The Knicks, who already released one statement about Oakley being removed from a game at Madison Square Garden after fighting with security guards on Wednesday and subsequently arrested, doubled down and released another statement.
Numerous players have spoken out on Oakley’s behalf publicly and on social media, and Oakley himself has given statements to a couple different places. Phil Jackson even reportedly called Michael Jordan to try and calm Oakley down.
The Knicks have stuck to their guns, and continue to call Oakley a liar.
The full statement is as follows:
Updated statement (2/9): “There are dozens of security staff, employees and NYPD that witnessed Oakley’s abusive behavior. It started when he entered the building and continued until he was arrested and left the building. Every single statement we have received is consistent in describing his actions. Everything he said since the incident is pure fiction.”
This thing is ugly already, and is only getting uglier by the minute. The Knicks, who have been a circus the entire year from acquiring Derrick Rose to the rampant Carmelo Anthony trade speculation, didn’t need another firestorm. But at least this takes the attention off of how mediocre and underachieving the team is for yet another season. So that’s something.