Patrick Ewing rips James Dolan-Charles Oakley rivalry
New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has had enough of the dispute between Knicks owner James Dolan and former Knicks forward Charles Oakley.
Ewing said Dolan needs to find a way to reconcile with Oakley, who he labeled as one of his best teammates ever (via Scott Thompson of SNY.tv):
“Whatever is going on with (Oakley) and Mr. Dolan, like I’ve said before, it’s something that needs to stop,” Ewing said. “He’s one of the best players that I’ve played with. He’s a part of the Knicks’ history. He and Mr. Dolan need to get in a room somewhere and figure that out.” The two sides have been ordered by a federal appeals court to mediate their dispute.
The conflict between Oakley and Dolan stems from an incident in February of 2017 when Oakley was ejected from Madison Square Garden and subsequently arrested on three charges of assault. Oakley has since been banned from attending Knicks home games.
Oakley filed a lawsuit against Dolan and the Knicks after the incident which cited defamation, but a Manhattan judge threw the lawsuit out in December. However, the war of words has waged on.
Oakley has not ceased his criticisms of Dolan as an owner. He even likened the franchise to a “plantation” after Dolan had a similar issue with Knicks super fan Spike Lee earlier this month.
“It’s a plantation over there… it’s bad.”
— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) March 4, 2020
Ewing was Oakley’s teammate for ten seasons in New York during one of the most successful decades in recent Knicks history.
The current Georgetown coach still has ties to the franchise, and he would like the franchise to make peace with one of its most recognizable faces.