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Al Sharpton Plans to Picket Madison Square Garden Unless Charles Oakley’s Ban is Lifted

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Three days after the announced indefinite ban of former New York Knicks great Charles Oakley from Madison Square Garden, the Rev. Al Sharpton called on Knicks owner James Dolan to lift the ban immediately.

In a statement released Monday, Sharpton’s National Action Network announced plans to picket Madison Square Garden if the ban is upheld.

Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on New York Knicks Owner James Dolan to immediately lift the ban against Charles Oakley, after conversing with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and agreeing that the policy has not been reinforced with other players. Rev. Sharpton is calling upon Mr. Dolan to lift the ban and reinstate Mr. Oakley’s privileges. In the event that the ban is not lifted, NAN’s Northeast Regional Director Kirsten John Foy is mobilizing people to picket Madison Square Garden in solidarity.

Oakley was banned from the Garden following an altercation at the arena on Wednesday night. Dolan alleges that Oakley was engaged in abusive behavior from the moment he entered the arena. Oakley maintains he did nothing to warrant an ejection.

According to the New York Daily News, the NBA may be preparing to step in to try and resolve the dispute. Per the report, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and basketball legend Michael Jordan may attempt to speak with Dolan and Oakley on a conference call in an a effort to settle the feud.

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