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Charles Oakley rejects deal to have charges dropped in MSG incident

03 June 2017

Trial was set for August 4 by judge Joanne Watters.

He declined further comment about the case as he was trailed by a horde of reporters and cameras for two blocks.

Oakley, 53, appeared briefly before a Manhattan judge on Friday where he rejected a conditional dismissal that would have left him with a clean record after six months of good behavior.

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Oakley was arrested after a run-in with Madison Square Garden security on February 8 and charged with two misdemeanors of assault, two misdemeanors of harassment and one misdemeanor of trespassing.

Former Knicks forward Charles Oakley is not letting his MSG scuffle from blow over easily.

Watters granted Spiro's subpoena requests for documents at Madison Square Garden.

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Oakley's attorney in the case is Alex Spiro, who successfully defended Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha following his 2015 arrest outside a NY nightclub. Dolan was criticized by many current and former players for making those claims. He has said that he felt targeted by security.

The incident earned Oakley, who played ten seasons with the Knicks, a lifetime ban from the Garden, which was later lifted.

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan - a former teammate of Oakley with the Chicago Bulls - met with Dolan and Oakley in hopes of ending the dispute. Oakley played 10 of his 19 National Basketball Association seasons with the Knicks, from 1988-98.

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Oakley says he won't come back to Madison Square Garden until the team apologizes to him and the fans.