In February, Charles Oakley was arrested and charged with three counts of assault following an incident at Madison Square Garden. Four months later, the 53-year-old Oakley maintains he did nothing wrong.
“I’ll tell you one thing. Listen to me loud and clear,” Oakley said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I was only in the arena for four minutes. I went straight to my seat and didn’t get up until they came to me. Now (what do you) think happened? Eight guys walk up on me. They said they got tape but never showed the tape. Okay, well, show the tape.”
Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988-98, has had a contentious relationship with James Dolan for years. Oakley has no regrets about what happened that night.
“I wish I did the same thing,” he said. “If eight guys walk up on you and surround you and they walk up on you, (and I tell them) don’t touch me and they touch you – if it happens 10 (more) times, I’m going to do it 10 more times. I wasn’t in the wrong, neither. We can go to trial. I don’t care. If I’m guilty, put me in jail.
“This man is dead wrong,” Oakley continued, referring to Dolan. “He treats people like dogs, cats. He might not feed them but one day a week. How are you going to be a man and then send eight people up to somebody else and then you’re going to press charges? I was sitting down watching the game. I wasn’t doing nothing.”