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Knicks president Phil Jackson came out to try to calm down Oakley, who was yelling about Dolan and telling security he wasn’t going to move as they handcuffed him outside the tunnel leading to the court. At one point Oakley was on the ground surrounded by police and Garden security.
Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” in support of the popular former power forward as players from both teams turned to watch.
“I stopped and then there was an inbounds play on the side. I turned around just in time as he was handing it to him and then there was a foul. I walked back to catch the third, fourth and fifth rounds,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “It was crazy, man.”
The NYPD said Oakley, 54, punched three male MSG employees, all of whom suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention at the scene, as he was being escorted out. He was charged with three counts of assault, all third degree, and one count of criminal trespass, a third-degree misdemeanor.
Oakley was being processed for a desk appearance and will be issued a summons to report back to court. He was released just after midnight ET from Midtown South Precinct.