T.I. Supports Former New York Knicks’ Charles Oakley Following Arrest
Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley might not be feeling any love from the higher-ups in the organization, after he was arrested at Madison Square Garden following an altercation with security on Wednesday (Feb. 8). But fans are riding for the one-time court enforcer who some think was treated unfairly. Add T.I. to that number.
Oak was indefinitely banned from MSG by Knicks owner James Dolan on Friday (Feb. 10), as a result of the headline-making altercation that took place when security guards approached the former Knicks forward and asked him to leave, during the first quarter of Wednesday's game. He was eventually dragged out by security, but not before delivering a well-placed mush to one guard and pushing another twice.
T.I. has been one of several celebrities to publicly back Oakley. It appears he is putting a ban on going to Knicks games and possibly performing at The Garden. "If HE can't go. WE ain't goin!!! #OGOakley," Tip recently captioned a photo of Oak on Instagram.
Oakley has responded to all the love he's been getting from fans on Twitter. "I love NYC I LOVE the Knicks that you for all your love .. I will be holding a Press conference next week Let's go Knicks," he posted on the site.
"I want thank all in players and pass NBA players as well as family and friends for all your love and support," he added.
Also on Friday, Dolan fired the arena's security chief. "That was just a situation where the person didn't work out and this was probably the last straw," Dolan said in the radio interview. "We're obviously looking at everything that we did here along the way and what happened. That's one of the casualties."
Dolan claims Oakley was spewing inappropriate comments during the game, which was the reason he had security intervene. Oakley vehemently denies those claims.
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