If you thought the Charles Oakley arrest at Madison Square Garden earlier this week was an overreaction, you don't know James Dolan.
The former Knicks great and the team have gone back and forth over what transpired at the Garden, leading to the scuffle between Oakley and security, and the former All-Star's arrest. Whomever is telling the truth, it appears that Dolan is escalating things even further.
According to ESPN Radio's Michael Kay, who will interview Dolan on his show later this afternoon, Oakley has been permanently banned from Madison Square Garden.
Oakley played 19 years in the NBA, with 10 of those years in his prime for the Knicks (1988-1998). The former enforcer is one of the most popular members of those mid-90s Knicks teams, for his gritty, physical play and intensity. Dolan, on the other hand, has been an abject failure as owner of the franchise, and is assuredly one of the least popular owners in professional sports.
This one is not going to go over well among Knicks faithful. At all.