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Knicks owner James Dolan fires security chief after Charles Oakley incident

After kicking Charles Oakley out of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks and James Dolan continue to lose the public-relations battle.

The Knicks sure know how to escalate a situation.

Charles Oakley attended a game Wednesday night. They surround him with security guards, and the confrontation turned physical.

Oakley was ejected and arrested. They released a vitriolic statement about him.

Oakley claimed no wrongdoing prior to being confronted. They released another statement to keep the story in the headlines.

Now, the Knicks are adding yet another layer to this saga.

Murray Weiss of DNAinfo

Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan has fired his top security chief in the wake of this week’s clash between Knicks legend Charles Oakley and arena security personnel during a nationally televised game, DNAinfo New York has learned.

Frank Benedetto, the senior vice president for security at the Madison Square Garden Company, was fired Friday morning, a source said.

“We don’t comment on employees that have left the company,” Madison Square Garden Company spokesman Barry Watkins said Friday.

Dolan has an ongoing feud with Oakley — who was briefly denied admission to a game last year before ultimately being allowed inside. Oakley also told reporters that MSG security insisted on following him around at games long before Benedetto was hired last August.