ESPN reports that New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley filed a civil suit over the infamous incident at Madison Square Garden.
It’d been going on for a lot longer than that and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, Oakley filed a civil suit in response to the incident on Tuesday naming James Dolan, Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Sports & Entertainment. It includes several causes of action, including defamation, libel and slander.
In the civil suit, Oakley alleges that Dolan, Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Sports & Entertainment committed defamation and libel by publicly accusing him of committing assault and stating publicly that he suffers from alcoholism. It also alleges that the defendants’ statements were slanderous.
The suit, filed by attorneys Douglas Wigdor. Renan Varghese and Alex Hartzband, also alleges assault, battery, false imprisonment and abuse of process. In addition, the suit alleges that the defendants violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State Human Rights Law by denying Oakley access to Madison Square Garden based on their perception that he suffers from alcoholism, a disability.
The incident, which took place back in Feb., caused Oakley to be temporarily banned from the Garden.
He was forcibly removed from the arena by security staff and charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault, one misdemeanor count of aggravated harassment and one misdemeanor count of trespassing.
Oakley accepted a deal last month which will lead to dropping the charges as long as he stays out of trouble for the next sixth months.