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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)

Madison Square Garden banned former NBA star Charles Oakley after fight at Knicks game

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UPDATE Feb. 11 | Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan indefinitely banned Charles Oakley from the arena Friday, according to the Associated Press.

The Knicks said Oakley was "abusive" before he was arrested and even before he reached his seats in the first quarter.

"We are going to put the ban in place and hopefully it won't be forever," Dolan said.

Oakley thanked fans and players for support in a tweet Friday night.

Oakley added that he will be holding a press conference next week.

Original story

Former NBA star Charles Oakley was arrested Wednesday night after a fight broke out during a New York Knicks game. Oakley punched three Madison Square Garden employees as he was being escorted out and was charged with assault, ESPN reports.

Oakley had been removed from his seat after reportedly trying to address the Knicks' owner, James Dolan, who sat a few rows in front of him. Oakley denied saying anything to him, but as he was being escorted from his seat, he started yelling about Dolan.

Here's a look at Oakley clashing with security.

That was a tough thing to watch. I've been in the league a long time. I've never seen anything like that.
Doc Rivers, Oakley's former coach

Oakley is extremely popular with Knicks fans. Many chanted his name as he was escorted out of the building. 

He was ultimately released from jail and will appear in court at a later date.

The Knicks released this statement after the game.

But given his popularity, many fans thought Oakley was getting a raw deal.

Many pointed to his passion for the team during his playing days.

In an interview posted on Friday, Oakley complained he was "not welcome in the Garden."

A beat reporter called the incident "beyond sad."

Oakley has been reportedly snubbed from team events due to criticism of Dolan.

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