Spike Lee invoked Charles Oakley when James Dolan’s goons hamfistedly tried to get him to use a different Madison Square Garden entrance earlier this week.
“If you want to arrest me like Oakley, go ahead,” Lee said to security guards.
Lee is referring to a 2017 incident between Dolan and Oakley. The Knicks owner had the popular forward ejected from a game and banned from the Garden for allegedly taunting Dolan, then put out a statement implying that Oakley was an alcoholic.
Oakley, who lost a lawsuit against Dolan last month, weighed in on the Knicks’ latest self-inflicted wound today.
“It’s got to be stopped in some kind of way,” Oakley told the Associated Press. “The NBA has got to take a look at this.”
The Lee-Dolan meltdown overshadowed what should have been the best day of the year for the Knicks: New president Leon Rose took over on the same day that RJ Barrett helped beat the Rockets in the best game of his career.
“They got a new president and all everyone is talking about what happened between Spike Lee and the Garden,” Oakley said. “I know Leon, he’s a great guy. But hey, this is something probably Obama can’t fix.”
Oakley went even further in an interview with ESPN. “It’s a plantation over there. It’s bad,” Oakley said.
After Oakley’s lawsuit against Dolan was dismissed, the Knicks tried to act like the feud was over. “Maybe now there can be peace between us,” the team said in a statement.
“There should have been peace anyway,” Oakley pointed out to the AP. “Show me some respect. They keep disrespecting me. I feel sorry for the people who stuff keeps happening to.”
Oakley managed to get in a little disrespect of his own. “I ain’t ever seen a team lose make this much news,” he said. “Maybe the Dallas Cowboys.”
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