Charles Oakley says he'd rather go to jail than have Knicks act nice
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Charles Oakley says he'd rather go to jail than have Knicks act nice

Charles Oakley is still upset about the way the Knicks treated him last week, and said he'd prefer jail to the team's current attitude.

Three days after Knicks owner James Dolan agreed to lift the ban barring Charles Oakley from attending Knicks home games, Oakley is still not happy.

The former Knicks player told SI Now Thursday he would prefer jail to the team's current attitude.

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“I’d rather go to jail and just do two or three years for my assault case and come out and be a better person,” Oakley said, via SI.com. “Don’t give me something now because everything is bad. That’s what’s wrong. We cover stuff up because of money and power. This is a people issue. People see this.”

Oakley also made veiled comments comparing Dolan to disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the team after he made racist comments that were caught on tape.

"This man's been around for a long time," Oakley said. "I ain't heard nothing good about him." 

Oakley was escorted from Madison Square Garden on national TV, and then charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of misdemeanor trespassing, during the Knicks' Feb. 8 game against the Clippers. Those charges have been dropped, according to SI.


After a meeting Monday involving Oakley, Dolan and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, with Oakley's friend, Michael Jordan, listening in via phone, Dolan lifted the ban

“Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA,” Silver said in a statement. “Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future.”

The incident became a public embarrasment for the Knicks, with many NBA players speaking out in support of Oakley.


Oakley later said he didn't care about returning to MSG. Instead, he wanted an apology.

"It's not about being at the Garden," Oakley told ESPN. "It's about the fans. I want them to apologize to the fans. I told the commissioner I want them to apologize to the fans.

"Some things hurt," he said. "Some things just don't walk away. A dog who broke his leg isn't just going to walk away."

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