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Information that New York Knicks franchise favourite Charles Oakley had accepted a plea deal in relation to his February fracas at Madison Sq. Backyard got here with a report Friday that the Knicks tried to pressure the previous star into anger administration courses.
A lawyer for MSG requested the courtroom require Oakley attend three weeks of anger administration counseling, based on a letter obtained by ESPN’s Arash Markazi.
The letter, despatched to Manhattan assistant district lawyer Ryan Lipes, additionally reportedly requested Oakley carry out 10 days of group service and keep 1,000 ft from the MSG employees he had the altercation with.
Oakley’s plea deal, extensively reported Friday, will result in misdemeanor assault and harassment costs being dropped if he stays out of hassle for six months and complies together with his prohibition from Madison Sq. Backyard for one yr.
Oakley’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, nevertheless, did not rule out litigation towards the Knicks, saying his shopper “shall be pursuing all civil cures towards (MSG chairman James) Dolan based mostly on this incident.”
Oakley was forcibly faraway from a Feb. eight residence recreation towards the Los Angeles Clippers and arrested after a verbal altercation with Dolan and Backyard safety employees. Within the instant aftermath, Dolan took to native radio and instructed Oakley has alcohol and “character issues.”
For his half, Oakley has stated he did nothing to impress the arrest and has in contrast Dolan to disgraced former Clippers proprietor Donald Sterling. Oakley performed for the Knicks from 1988-ninety eight, serving to lead the workforce to the 1994 NBA Finals and showing in a single All-Star Recreation.