Knicks & Witness Statements Claim Charles Oakley Said “All of You Suck Dolan’s D–k” While Being Removed From MSG
On Friday, the New York Knicks announced that former player Charles Oakley would be banned from MSG for life. Then, James Dolan held a press conference and stated that it wasn’t “necessarily a lifetime ban”.
Oakley has stuck to his statement that he was only sitting in his seat for 4 or 5 minutes before security surrounded him and asked him why he was there.
Ian Begley of ESPN NY is reporting the Knicks will be releasing video later today of Oakley’s antics, which prove otherwise.
The Knicks sent out an email with 16 witness statements from the Charles Oakley incident and say video will be provided later today.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 10, 2017
Here are some of those witness statements:
4 Penn Entrance, Ticket Taker:
“Didn’t know who he was when he came in, knew he was a Knicks basketball player, but didn’t know who he was. “He was with people who had tickets, I assumed he was an alumni/ambassador. Should I have turned them away? Most definitely, But to be quite honest with you, I thought he was working, I knew he was a basketball player. As a courtesy i did not stop him, i didn’t want to embarrass him. It’s like john starks walking in or any other alumni. as long as he had a ticket, I didn’t think there was an issue with him coming in. I kind of used a judgement call because we were extremely busy at the time he did come in and I didn’t want to start any kind of..I didn’t want to embarrass him if he did belong there.” No notable interaction. Other people there recognized who he was but he didn’t know who he was. Wasn’t aware that Charles Oakley couldn’t use the entrance. Tries to direct traffic based on where they belong (delta to south concierge) but b/c he was an alumni gave him benefit of the doubt, didn’t recognize WHO he was. Wouldn’t know if he was Charles Oakley or Larry Johnson. Didn’t want to embarrass him, when Allan Houston comes in that way all the time. When on borderline and not really sure gives the benefit of the doubt and not embarrass them. Was thinking he was an alumni, and he was with guests, didn’t want to embarrass him in front of his guests. That is the reason he accepted the tickets and let them go up. Had no communication with him whatsoever, no eye contact. He stood out, did what he thought was the right thing to do. If he thought there was an issue he would have directed him to a supervisor. Did not notice anything unusual, nothing that would have alerted him to get a supervisor involved. Was busy, was concerned with taking care of everyone in line behind him.”
4 Penn Entrance, GER – Concierge Desk:
“When he came in I didn’t know he was Charles Oakley. I knew he was a legend but I didn’t know he was Charles Oakley. He came in with a bunch of other guys. He was rushing in with a bunch of other guys. A bunch of people were waiting. I was standing by the elevator, Mauro’s elevator came, everybody rushed on Mauro’s elevator and he couldn’t get on. He said he could have gotten on that elevator, it was only one more person. I told him you don’t want to get on that elevator and be all crowded. I advised him to wait for another elevator. He was annoyed he couldn’t get on the elevator because it was full. Nothing else notable, he was just a tall tall guy. He didn’t look angry, just annoyed that he couldn’t get on the elevator, I think he was in a rush to get up to the game. Later there was a video on YouTube or something about Oakley. I said “Oakley?” I said “That was Charles Oakley?” We knew he was a legend when he came in, but not that he was Charles Oakley. Herb Williams had come through earlier, and we usually let the legends in because if they go through the other side they get mobbed, so as a courtesy we let them come in through 4 Penn.”
4 Penn Entrance to Level 3, GER – VIP Escort
This begins at the 4 Penn Lobby.
“It was about 8pm and the game was about to start so usually we’re wanted on the 3rd floor to take guests to their seats. I saw Mohamed Wilkerson, I was waiting for him to go through security to bring him up, then saw Charles Oakley right in front of the elevator. I didn’t know who he was, he was trying to get on the elevator but it was full. I said if you wait a moment sir we can all get on the next elevator. He was upset the elevator was full, started being rude. He started saying something to Mary [the concierge rep]. The elevator opened, Brett brought Wilkerson in with 4 of his people plus Oakley’s group. The elevator got to 3 and I told Wilkerson ok this is us. Oakley and his people tried to get off there, said “this is us. this is us, we’re with Charles” “We’re going to section 7, take us there take us there.” Oakley said something about Dolan, can’t remember exactly what – Something like “I need to see him” or “I’m with him.” People say this all the time, so I thought maybe he was in Suite 200, so I started check the list. I didn’t know the past history. If I knew who he was I could have helped but didn’t know the past history at all, I wish I did. He tried to push past me, so I told them they had to get back in the elevator. Wilkerson and his group walked away from me, he knows the way to Suite 200. They took me way from my guests when I was trying to help both at the time, they were being very rude. When the incident happened I was shocked. I’m young, I never even heard of the guy until now, so it’s not really the best introduction between me and him. Thankfully Bernadette [the Elevator Operator] stayed, she noticed something was up too, they were antsy and it was strange. I wish I knew of Oakley and their past so I could have prevented this but I wasn’t aware.”
He put them on the elevator and told them to go to level 6 and find Section 111 and walk down the steps to Section 7.
Section 6-7-8, Club Seat Order Taker:
He came and I don’t know who he is, I was born in the seventies but I don’t follow basketball like that. These guys sat down in my section. He came in, I don’t know if he was with these guys. As soon as he came in he sat down, “What the f they looking at, why they looking at me, where dolan at?” I said sir calm down. [She was trying to take his order because he had mentioned to the runner something about popcorn] He said “Do you know who I am? Why the hell these f’n security guards in my face, why they looking at me.” The security guards came over and said some words. He said “get out of my face.” I didn’t communicate with him. He kept going on “F this one, f that one. Dolan this, Dolan that, what the hell you security guards gonna do. Yeah, you, you you, pointing them out.” I seen him [one of the guards?] come back saying he was looking for something, but I didn’t see a wallet. My heart was pounding, I was like oh my God.
She mentioned you can see her and the Runner, Cathy, in the media video.
Court Corner, Security – Sec 6/7:
He came down, the usher brought them to their seats, sec 7 seats 11 & 12 row 1. At that time he was talking with some fans. When he looked over to his left, you know how we usually have our security officers and people against the wall? He said to his friends “You got all these fuckin’ security here looking at me, I don’t know what the fuck they’re looking at, but they’re getting on my fuckin’ nerves.” At this time I look over to my left because I hear the cursing. We make eye contact. He tells me “What the fuck are you looking at?” All I said was “I’m not looking at you.” At this time he proceeded with the curse bombs, saying f’ing this, f’ing that. When he saw Kori looking at him, he called Kori a rat bastard. He said he’s always sucking on Dolan’s dick. At this point Kori came over and Mr. Redmond came over and he stood up and was just cursing at them and that’s when he first put his finger on Tom’s forehead and Tom moved aside a little bit, and he stepped up on the grey platform area and that’s when he pushed his head with his two fingers. Now at this time Jayson is there, Kori is there, the officer who was assigned there was there. The other gentlemen who was doing security with John [Donohue], the African American man was there. At this time Jayson was trying to calm Oakley down and this is when Oakley’s hand came down, he swung down forcefully and knocked Jayson’s hand away. And then Jayson again tried to calm Mr. Oakley down and that’s when Oakley pushed him twice. At that point, that’s when the police officer and Jayson, and the officer who works for John grabbed him with whatever security officers were there to bring him from Section 7 to the Zamboni gate. At that point he fell down and was out of my view. After they passed me, I went back to my spot because I was at Mr. Dolan’s area. When they came to him originally, Oakley fell down. He fell twice. He fell the first time when security came over to him and asked him to leave. He seemed pretty inebriated. I can’t tell because I couldn’t smell anything. He was pretty nasty.