To Charles Oakley, Michael Jordan the owner and Michael Jordan the former teammate are two different things.
So when Jordan tried to help de-escalate the feud between Oakley and James Dolan in 2017 — calling for a talk with the two and commissioner Adam Silver after the ex-Knick was arrested and charged with assault following an incident at the Garden — Oakley didn’t fully appreciate it.
“Michael Jordan shouldn’t have gotten involved,” Oakley, who was teammates with Jordan for three years on the Bulls, said in a recent interview with VLADTV. “It wasn’t nothing for him to do. He’s an owner now. So basically it’s, yeah, we had a conversation but his conversation’s not helping me because you’re working with the owners now. I’m just a regular guy on the street now. So what could he say to turn it around? It wasn’t nothing that needed to be turned around.
“I called him and told him, it’s nothing that you can do for us. … So I’m glad he always had my back but it’s just a situation that this man [Dolan] is 1,000 percent wrong what he did and he didn’t get punished for nothing — yet.”
Oakley sued Dolan and Madison Square Garden for defamation, assault and false imprisonment in September of 2017 but the civil lawsuit was dismissed in February. Oakley has since filed an appeal and said he is hoping for an order from the court by September.
The incident in question came at a Knicks game in February of 2017 when Oakley was ejected after a scuffle with security that stemmed from him allegedly heckling Dolan. He was later cleared of charges but Dolan banned him from the Garden and said the former fan favorite “may have a problem with alcohol.”
“It was some B.S. what happened,” Oakley said. “I was only there for like eight minutes. For someone to blame me for doing something I didn’t do and you as the owner, you put all these bad statements out [that] I have an anger management problem, I have a drinking problem. I played in New York 10 years, ain’t none of this came nowhere. All of a sudden you say I was sitting too close to you, now you want to put me on the bus. It’s just some B.S.
“It’s just hard for me to get over something. It hurt my aunts, my mother who raised me, knowing I was never a trouble guy. But someone messes with me, I got the right to mess with them.”
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