LeBron James gives shout out to Charles Oakley following arrest
LeBron James took a moment on Wednesday night to give a shout out to Charles Oakley mere hours after the former New York Knicks star’s arrest at Madison Square Garden.
Oakley 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.
Charles Oakley shoves Madison Square Garden security and is escorted out of the building in strange scene pic.twitter.com/lTphvnSzFV
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 9, 2017
Soooooo Charles Oakley just got into a fight at he Knicks game. pic.twitter.com/klZBD89VI7
— Ian Schafer (@ischafer) February 9, 2017
Reports suggest Oakley had been yelling at Knicks owner James Dolan, seated a few rows in front of him. Security was called in after Oakley allegedly refused to comply with requests to stop his behavior.
Oakley was booked and charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault, one of criminal trespass, per a New York Daily News report. He was released at approximately midnight from a NYC precinct.
That aside, as details were still surfacing regarding the surreal scene, James — shortly after the Cavaliers beat the Indiana Pacers 132-117 — took to Instagram to weigh in on Oakley’s ill-fated MSG excursion.
“Mood!! #Legend,” James wrote in the post.
It’s worth noting that James may have been motivated to give a shout out of support in lieu of Oakley defending him in his feud with Charles Barkley over the past few weeks. Oakley previously called out Barkley for the analyst’s criticism of James during the 2015 NBA Finals, notes Cleveland.com.
Cleveland.com also notes that James and Oakley have stricken up a friendship in recent years as well. James obviously felt the need to come to his pal’s defense despite the ugliness of Wednesday’s events.