Everything former Knicks forward Charles Oakley has said since to being ejected and arrested after an altercation with security guards at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night is "pure fiction," the team said in a statement on Thursday.
Oakley, during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio on Thursday, said he never approached owner James Dolan before the incident, adding that MSG employees have told him that Dolan must be informed each time Oakley is at a game.
According to multiple reports, Oakley tried to get close to Dolan and had to be restrained by security. Oakley had reportedly been yelling at Dolan and was asked to stop but did not and was escorted away, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Isola spoke with Oakley -- who was given a desk appearance ticket -- after he was released from jail.
Oakley told Isola that he purchased his own tickets to the game and that security approached him.
"They were staring at me," Oakley said. "They asked me to leave and I said I'm not leaving."
After being taken away by security, Oakley shoved at least one guard and was reportedly still mad at the Knicks owner and said "Dolan did this."
Reports indicate that Knicks president Phil Jackson went to the tunnel where Oakley was being taken away to try to mediate, but to no avail.
For the incident, Oakley will be charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespassing, according to multiple reports.