Charles Oakley resuscitates case vs. James Dolan, slaps him with alleged assault
Just when we thought that whole saga between Charles Oakley and James Dolan was over, the New York Knicks legend has all of a sudden revived their highly-publicized spat. According to reports, Oakley has filed a new lawsuit against the Knicks owner, which is still related to Oakley’s unceremonious ejection from Madison Square Garden during a Knicks game a few years back.
Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic provided an excerpt from Oaklay’s resuscitated lawsuit:
“Defendant Dolan … employs the security guards who assaulted Plaintiff, worked in concert with and aided and abetted them to perpetrate the assault by conspiring with the security personnel to use unreasonable force in ejecting Plaintiff from the Garden,” Oakley alleged in a proposed amended complaint filed with the court last week. That night, the complaint continued, Dolan was “ordering the use of unreasonable force, enabling the use of unreasonable force by failing to exercise his control over the security personnel to prevent the assault and by subsequently approving, ratifying and adopting the assault.”
Needless to say, this feud is clearly not over. The issue died down a bit over the past several months, and the general belief is that the two may have mended fences — probably through an out-of-court settlement. This recent development, however, points to the simple fact that there is still no love lost between these two influential Knicks figures.
New York had a terrible season last term — one of their worst in franchise history — and it certainly had a lot to do with Dolan. This is not exactly the most ideal way to kick off their 2020-21 campaign, but hopefully, this does not foreshadow another stark year for the Knicks.