Knicks owner James Dolan said Charles Oakley's ban from Madison Square Garden is "not necessarily a lifetime ban," explaining during an appearance with Michael Kay on ESPN Radio that the ban in place "hopefully won't last forever."
"We need to keep the garden a place that's comfortable and safe for anyone who goes there," Dolan added.
Oakley was ejected from the Garden during Wednesday's game and later arrested after a physical altercation with security guards.
Dolan said Oakley came to the Garden Wednesday night with an "agenda" and that Oakley may not remember the incident.
"Charles has got a problem," Dolan said. "He has a problem. People need to sort of understand that. He is, he has a problem with anger. He's both physically and verbally abusive. He may have a problem with alcohol -- we don't know."
Dolan added that Oakley, who he says was using "racial overtones," "sexual overtones," and was saying Dolan's name a lot, never should have made it to his seats.
Regarding the court of public opinion, Dolan said the Knicks take it into account and understand why fans love Oakley.
"Certainly Charles is a great Knick...They remember how Charles played. He was tough, he was gritty. He always had 110 percent energy. They, I think at times, our teams haven't had what Charles had."
Discussing the potential for a reconciliation, Dolan said Oakley needs to "address these behaviors" first.