Knicks legend Charles Oakley agreed to a plea deal on Friday stemming from an incident involving his ejection from a game at Madison Square Garden in February.
Oakley, who was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault, two counts of misdemeanor harassment and one count of criminal trespass in his scuffle with Knicks owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden security, accepted a conditional dismissal deal that would require him to not go to Madison Square Garden for one year.
"The dismissal completely vindicates him," Oakley's attorney, Alex Spiro, told reporters, according to ABC 7's Candace McGowan. "It shows that nobody thought he did anything wrong, nobody objectively thought he did anything wrong, and it reaffirms what everybody has thought, I think, which is that the Garden was wrong in the way they treated him. He doesn't need a trial to prove that because the judge just ordered it."
Spiro said Oakley will pursue a civil case against Dolan, who banned Oakley from the arena for a short period of time before the two of them met with Michael Jordan and NBA commissioner Adam Silver to lift the ban.
"As we said from the outset, this was a personal issue between him and Mr. Dolan; the security guards that were involved were dragged into this, as was Mr. Oakley," Spiro said.
Oakley allegedly yelled insults directed at Dolan at a Knicks-Clippers game on Feb. 8 and was arrested and ejected from the arena. While Oakley rejected a plea deal in June, he said he wanted to reach an agreement now to move on because "he has better things to do with his business and endeavors and the criminal justice system needs to give trials to people that are waiting in incarcerate," Spiro said.
"I know I wasn't wrong, so why keep wasting time?" Oakley said, according to ABC 7's Candace McGowan. "There's better things [to do] ... instead of going to court every day for no reason than losing taxpayers' money."