Charles Oakley Wins Right To Jury Decision on Assault Claim

Today, an appeals court ruled that a jury can decide whether Charles Oakley was ejected with excessive force when he was removed as a spectator at a 2017 Knicks game.

The Second United States Court of Appeals has restored claims Oakley made in a lawsuit against team owners.

However, the court ruled against Oakley’s claims of false imprisonment and defamation.

A three-judge panel concluded that a jury could decide whether it was improper for security to throw the former Knick on the ground. The guards slammed Charles Oakley after he slapped their hands in self-defense so he could watch the game.

Oakley was a fan favorite when he played for the Knicks from 1988-1998. During the game, Oakley was accused of striking a security guard before being forcefully ejected.

Later that year, the former Knick sued for unspecified damages in a defamation lawsuit. Other charges being claimed were assault, false imprisonment, and battery. Oakley claims his treatment is also a part of owner James Dolan‘s pattern of harassment towards him.

The lawsuit also claims Dolan wanted Oakley forcibly removed and publicly embarrassed on television. It also says the team owner launched a defamatory relations campaign, claiming Oakley abused fans and staff.

Oakley’s lawyer Douglas Wigdor remarked:

“This is a great day for Knicks fans and fans of Mr. Oakley, and we look forward to the truth of what happened finally coming out.”

 

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