Former Knicks star Charles Oakley has appealed the dismissal of his lawsuit against James Dolan and Madison Sqaure Garden, as he filed his notice of appeal just one day after his case was dismissed.
Oakley's civil suit was dismissed on Feb. 19 after Manhattan Federal Judge Richard J. Sullivan made the call to throw the case out.
The feud stems from the incident back in 2017 when Oakley got into an altercation with Madison Square Garden security during a Knicks game that led to his being taken out of the arena and arrested. Dolan banned Oakley from The Garden, but waved it off a few days later. Still, Oakley has yet to return to the place he once called home as a player. Here are more details on the suit and incident.
In court documents obtained by SNY's Ian Begley, here is what Judge Sullivan said on the matter:
"From its inception, this case has had the feel of a public relations campaign, with the parties seemingly more interested in the court of public opinion than the merits of their legal arguments. That is perhaps understandable, given the personal and public nature of the dispute. But while basketball fans in general, and Knicks fans in particular, are free to form their own opinions about who was in the right and whether Oakley's ejection was motivated by something more than the whims of the team's owner, the fact remains that Oakley has failed to allege a plausible legal claim that can meet federal legal standards."
Madison Square Garden issued a statement on the civil suit being dismissed, saying "We thank the court for its ruling. This was an incident that no one was happy about. Maybe now there can be peace between us."
Oakley's attorney, Doug Wigdor, told Begley that Oakley planned to appeal the judge's dismissal.
"Charles is not one to give up," Wigdor told Begley in a statement. "While we are disappointed with the ruling, it's just the beginning of the fourth quarter and we are confident that we can turn this around with an appeal that we plan to file in the coming days.