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Report: Knicks lift ban on Charles Oakley

Charles Oakley

Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley exchanges words with a security guard during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the LA Clippers Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


Adam Silver and Michael Jordan got Charles Oakley and Jim Dolan to be “apologetic.” (Does that mean they actually apologized or just danced around the feelings associated with apology?) According to Silver, Dolan even expressed hope Oakley would attend a game as his guest.

But the NBA commissioner’s statement said nothing directly about a roadblock to that happening: The Knicks banning Oakley from Madison Square Garden.

It appears that obstacle, a consequence of last week’s incident, has been cleared.


The New York Knicks lifted their ban on former player Charles Oakley on Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and The Undefeated’s Mike Wise.

A source within the Madison Square Garden organization told Smith of the move, while Wise was informed by a source close to Oakley.