Jordan, Silver helping to fix Oakley-Dolan relationship

  • Jordan, Silver helping to fix Oakley-Dolan relationship

Jordan, Silver helping to fix Oakley-Dolan relationship

Oakley was arrested last Wednesday following an altercation with MSG security while attending a Knicks game, and Dolan banned the former Knicks star from the arena two days later.

Charles Oakley's beef with the Knicks looks like it might be squashed. thanks to Michael Jordan. who was part of a meeting between Oak, James Dolan and the National Basketball Association commish.

Oakley and Dolan have had a strained relationship in part because of Oakley's criticisms of the team.

The league put out a statement on Silver's behalf about the meeting early Monday evening, which stated both sides acknowledged they'd made mistakes and with Dolan saying he hoped Oakley would be his guest at a game in the future.

Michael Jordan and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver are helping fix the relationship between Charles Oakley and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan.

Oakley was charged with three counts of assault at Madison Square Garden after the Knicks say he "behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner", per Steve Popper of USA Today.

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Other witnesses have said that Oakley was talking to fans and began shouting obscenities at a security guard, calling him a "rat b**tard" who was always "sucking on Dolan's d**k".

What followed was a bewilderingly tone deaf PR offensive by Dolan, insinuating Oakley had an alcohol or anger problem and people close to Oakley hinting that he might sue for the damage done to his reputation.

"I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Dolan, Mr. Oakley and Mr. Jordan to work towards a resolution of this matter".

During the Knicks' 94-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, Feb. 12, there were resonating chants of, "Free Oakley", and, "Charles Oakley".

Now, if Monday's statement from Silver is to be believed, there could be a picture of Dolan sitting side-by-side with Oakley at a Knicks game in the future - something that didn't seem possible as recently as 24 hours ago.

Current and former players have stuck by Oakley throughout the incident, and Rev. Al Sharpton threatened to picket if Oakley's ban from MSG wasn't lifted.