At 22-32, the New York Knicks are in chaos these days, as they have been for nearly the past two decades. Their young star Kristaps Porzingis appears to be regressing. Another of their stars, Carmelo Anthony, has gotten into a highly public feud with team president Phil Jackson. And the team appears to have quit in recent games. The Knicks are, to put it bluntly, nothing short of a complete mess.
“From the top on down, this is just a rotting carcass right now,” said Mike Golic on Thursday’s edition of ESPN2’s Mike & Mike
And now, the team has gotten into a heated spat with one of its great players of yesteryear. On Wednesday, former Knick Charles Oakley was arrested following an altercation with Madison Square Garden security during the Knicks-Clippers game. In the video below, you can see Oakley appear to shove arena security personnel.
Soooooo Charles Oakley just got into a fight at he Knicks game. pic.twitter.com/klZBD89VI7
— Ian Schafer (@ischafer) February 9, 2017
But it remains unclear what led to the incident. The New York Times reports that several fans in the area did not see or hear anything from Oakley that would warrant his ejection from the arena.
Oakley was seated several rows behind New York Knicks owner James Dolan, with whom he’s had a contentious relationship. But Oakley told the New York Daily News that he was not belligerent towards Dolan. His version of the events was that he was a paying customer being harassed for no reason.
On Thursday, while not condoning his getting physical with security personnel, Mike Greenberg said he completely believes Oakley.
If you are asking me, who do I believe: the Knicks’ version of the events, that Charles was yelling things in a way that was so disruptive at Dolan… so much it was disrupting the area and Dolan had to summon security. Or Charles’s version of the events, that he just sat down and hadn’t said anything at all, I have to be honest. Based on both track records, I believe Charles Oakley. I 100 percent believe that Charles sat down, that he hadn’t said a word to anyone, that James Dolan saw him there, and because James Dolan is James Dolan and everyone knows the history of things he’s done, above and beyond the mismanagement of the Knicks as a basketball product, but the way he has handled people who have disagreed with him publicly, who have deigned to call him out publicly, I fully believe Charles’s telling of the events.
Mike & Mike went on to bash the Knicks for what they considered to be a tone-deaf statement released after the game about the incident.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 9, 2017
Golic called the statement, “ridiculous.” While Greenberg said it was “so embarrassing.”
Watch above, via ESPN2.
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