Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade slam Knicks for treatment of Charles Oakley
Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade have ripped the New York Knicks for how the organization treated Charles Oakley in the wake of his arrest at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.
Oakley, a former Knicks star, was escorted out of the arena and arrested following a confrontation with MSG security during the Knicks’ 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers (video here).
Oakley was booked and charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault, one of criminal trespass, per a New York Daily News report.
Amid the fallout of the arrest and the scene that precipitated it, the Knicks issued a statement via its PR Twitter account in which Oakley’s well-being was questioned.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 9, 2017
The Knicks’ treatment of Oakley obviously didn’t sit well with either Paul or Wade, as both NBA stars took to social media to blast the Knicks.
Paul, who was in the building at the time of the incident, didn’t appreciate the tone of the statement.
Hope that he gets some help soon? Not the right way to portray Oak…always had my back and the realest person our league has seen #UncleOak
— Chris Paul (@CP3) February 9, 2017
Wade took to Instagram to condemn the Knicks’ conduct in treating one of its former players.
“10years!!! 10 years Oak gave everything he had for this organization and the image everyone will be left with won’t be this picture,” Wade wrote. “It will be the imagine of him being taking down to the ground last night in the same arena he gave his all 2 as a player by the guards! This Could happen to any of us!!! #StayWoke We are not above this treatment!”
The statements of support for Oakley from Paul and Wade follow LeBron James posting a tribute to his friend on Instagram.
Oakley, meanwhile, has been giving his side of the story ever since his release from an NYC precinct early Thursday morning. He continued to do during an appearance on Stephen A. Smith’s program on ESPN Radio. Oakley specifically addressed the Knicks’ statement.
“That’s another smack in the face,” he told Smith. “They want to be cute with the statement, that’s cool. They wanna be all harsh about things; I can deal with it.”