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Knicks favorite Charles Oakley arraigned on assault charge

Knicks Oakley Arrested

Former NBA enforcer and rebounding machine for the New York Knicks Charles Oakley appears in Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Oakley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal trespass during an incident at Madison Square Garden. He is accused of striking one security guard in the face with a closed fist, and when two other people tried to intervene, both were pushed and received cuts. (Alec Tabak/NY Daily News via AP, Pool)


NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks favorite Charles Oakley has made his first court appearance since his arrest and ejection in February at Madison Square Garden.

Oakley was arraigned Tuesday in criminal court in Manhattan on misdemeanor assault and other charges before being released without bail.

Prosecutors have accused the 53-year-old Oakley of striking a security guard in the fracas. They say two other people who intervened were pushed and received cuts.

Oakley says he’ll fight the charges. He told The Associated Press in an interview this week that he didn’t do anything wrong.

Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998.