Charles Barkley Sounds Off on Charles Oakley Altercation: ‘A Black Eye For the Entire Sport’
The fallout from the Charles Oakley altercation at Wednesday night’s Knicks-Clippers game continues to be the talk of the NBA. On Thursday night, TNT’s Charles Barkley weighed in with his take: Saying, essentially, that nobody came away from the incident favorably.
“[T]his was a black eye for the entire sport,” Barkley said. “Plain and simple… Everybody looked bad.”
Oakley was ejected from Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night and arrested after shoving arena security personnel. Oakley told The Undefeated that “I shouldn’t have put my hands on anyone,” but also maintains he did nothing to warrant ejection from the premises.
“I was there for four minutes — four minutes — when security came up to me,” Oakley said. “I was sitting right there by John McEnroe and doing nothing. I only got mad when they told me I couldn’t stay and they start surrounding me.”
The Knicks called Oakley’s account “pure fiction” in a statement Thursday.
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Barkley considers the back-and-forth to be pointless, as he believes both the Knicks and their retired franchise great are the losers in this incident.
“I thought that it made the Knicks look bad, it made Charles Oakley look bad and it made the NBA look bad,” Barkley said. “There was no winners. We all are losers.”
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