Charles Oakley accepts deal on charges stemming from Knicks-game ejection

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Charles Oakley – ejected from a Knicks game as he fought security, arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in February – rejected a deal that would have given him a clean record after six months of good behavior.

With his trial nearing, Oakley reversed course… to take essentially the same deal.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Even if Oakley isn’t banned from Madison Square Garden by the Knicks, this deal will keep him out.

Though the NBA wants to move on, it seems a lawsuit is coming. I don’t know whether Knicks owner James Dolan would win that, but he can’t win in the court of public opinion against fan-favorite Oakley. The longer this drags out, the worse it is for Dolan.