NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Portraying Charles Oakley as somebody with a historical past of run-ins with safety guards, Knicks proprietor James Dolan is making an attempt to have the previous All-Star’s lawsuit towards him tossed out.
In accordance with WFAN authorized analyst Amy Sprint, Dolan’s attorneys informed a federal decide Monday he plans to file a movement to dismiss the lawsuit. Oakley alleges he was a sufferer of assault, battery, false imprisonment and slander associated to his forcible removing from a Knicks recreation at Madison Sq. Backyard final season.
The Feb. eight incident between Oakley and Backyard safety was captured on digital camera and posted on social media. In it, Oakley seems to shove safety guards earlier than they pull him away from his seat.
In a 3-web page letter to the courtroom, Dolan’s attorneys say that simply after taking his seat, Oakley started shouting obscenities at a gaggle of MSG safety guards, calling them names like “motherf***ers” and “rat bast*rd.”
Dolan’s legal professionals additionally accuse Oakley of getting “an extended, documented historical past of altercations with regulation enforcement and safety personnel,” calling the MSG incident “recidivist conduct.” They cite a 2011 lawsuit during which Oakley was accused of cursing, punching, kicking and biting safety guards who have been making an attempt to restrain him at Aria Resort and On line casino in Las Vegas. Additionally they level to information articles, together with one by USA Immediately in 2016 through which Oakley allegedly informed safety outdoors the Cleveland Cavaliers’ locker room, “Contact me, y’all see what occurs.”
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Oakley was arrested after the MSG incident, however in August he accepted a cope with prosecutors that may dismiss the misdemeanor assault and trespass expenses if he stays out of hassle for six months and retains away from the Backyard for a yr.
Oakley’s lawsuit makes an attempt to color the image of Dolan harboring a robust hatred of him for years, emotions that got here to a head Feb. eight.
“Inside minutes of unobtrusively taking his seat, Defendant Dolan directed that safety forcibly take away Mr. Oakley from the Backyard and publicly embarrass him on stay tv,” the lawsuit says. “Including insult to damage, Defendants proceeded to ban Mr. Oakley from the Backyard indefinitely.”
Oakley additionally accused Dolan and MSG of maliciously making false statements that the favored ex-Knick was engaged in abusive conduct towards followers and employees through the recreation and that he may need an issue with alcoholism.