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The 53-year-old former Knicks great was hauled out of the Garden during Wednesday's game after allegedly berating team owner James Dolan from his seat in the arena and was arrested for misdemeanor assault.

As the New York Knicks attempt to turn the 2016-17 season around, the front office won't stop providing distractions.

The decision to toss out a legendary member of the New York Knicks during a nationally televised game - then haul him away in handcuffs - has come at a cost to Madison Square Garden's security chief.

"People need to understand that he has a problem with anger", Dolan told host Michael Kay shortly after the Knicks released a security report with 16 separate statements about the incident, and announced they had banned Oakley from the arena for life (more on that in a minute).

For the uninitiated, Oakley is the '90s Knicks legend who held it down in the paint and would smack some sense into you for not acting right. Oakley is a fan and player favorite and unless Nolan is friends with Charles Barkley (who hates Oakley, and who Oakley hates back) then this whole thing is going to really get uglier than it already has.

Dolan also claimed that Oakley might have a drinking problem. Whether I like the results or don't like the results, I am going to honor that agreement all the way to the end.

Fans chanted "We want Oakley!" and "Free Charles Oakley!" in the first quarter, but the chants soon turned to boos as the Nuggets repeatedly scored easily. "But right now, while he's still in the middle of the deal and he's doing that job, I'm staying out".

Yesterday, the head of security at Madison Square Garden was sacked, and before last night's game against the Denver Nuggets, Dolan tried to take his case to the public and blame Oakley for everything.

Oakley was escorted out of Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Feb. 8 after getting into a physical confrontation with security guards. "I did not do none of that", Oakley said.

The fracas in the stands early during the Knicks's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers was the latest eruption of the long-simmering feud between Dolan and Oakley, who has been critical of the owner's stewardship of the club.

On Friday, the Knicks fired head of security Frank Benedetto in response. "I couldn't believe it", Oakley said.

New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan expects team president Phil Jackson to complete the five-year contract he signed in 2014.