Charles Oakley eviscerates Knicks over Spike Lee drama
Charles Oakley has unsurprisingly blasted the New York Knicks organization in incendiary fashion over yet another public relations nightmare, this one involving a contentious dispute with superfan Spike Lee.
The escalating feud between Lee and the Knicks was spawned by a disagreement over how Lee was prevented by Madison Square Garden security from entering the arena for Monday’s game through a gate he claims he has been using for decades.
Lee provided his side of the story on Tuesday, which inspired the Knicks to quickly fire off a terse statement disputing Lee’s claims. Lee then responded in kind, fueling the flames even further calling the Knicks organization the “laughingstock of the league” among other choice words.
On Wednesday morning, Oakley — whose contentious history with the Knicks led to his arrest at MSG in 2017 and the filing of a subsequent defamation lawsuit (that was ultimately dismissed) — eviscerated the organization over its arguably botched handling of the Lee incident.
Suffice to say, Oakley did not hold back during an appearance on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” program, saying in inflammatory remarks of the Knicks, “It’s a plantation over there. It’s bad.”
“It’s a plantation over there… it’s bad.”— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) March 4, 2020
–@CharlesOakley34 on not being surprised with how the Knicks handled Spike Lee pic.twitter.com/1rRv5Bq8Re
Regarding the perpetually embattled Dolan, Oakley brought up the case of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the team in disgrace and was banned from the NBA for life by commissioner Adam Silver over making racist comments.
Oakley went on to call Dolan a “control freak” and likened his removal from Madison Square Garden to a “lynching.”
Oakley essentially believes it’s high time for the NBA to step in and wrestle control of the Knicks away from Dolan, much like what happened with Sterling.
Under Dolan’s leadership, the Knicks have been arguably the most dysfunctional organization in all of professional sports. Going to war with one of the team’s most recognizable fans is simply the latest debacle for the woeful Knicks.