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Charles Oakley Can’t Visit MSG For A Year As Part Of His Dismissal Deal

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Charles Oakley won’t be able to go see Phish this weekend.

In February, Oakley was kicked out of Madison Square Garden during a Knicks game and arrested. He feuded with the team and owner James Dolan after the incident, and was banned and un-banned from MSG.


Now, Oakley has agreed to a plea deal. He will accept a one-year ban from the Garden as part of the deal to drop the charges in February’s case. If Oakley isn’t charged with anything in the next six months, the charges will be dropped.

“Why keep wasting time?” he said today in Manhattan Criminal Court. “Let’s try to keep the streets better for kids instead of going to court.”

Oakley had been charged with two counts of assault, two counts of harassment and one count of trespassing. Those will all be dismissed if he stays out of trouble and away from MSG.

Honestly, a ban from attending Knicks home games for a year seems more like a gift than a punishment.

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