The suit comes just a month after Oakley agreed to a deal with the Manhattan district attorney’s office in which the charges filed against him will be dropped as long as he isn’t arrested inside the next six months, along with stays away coming from the Garden for one year. Afterward, his lawyer said, “Mr. Oakley intends to pursue all civil remedies against Mr. Dolan personally,” a vow he followed through on with today’s suit.
inside the lawsuit, Oakley contends that will he did nothing wrong on the night of the incident along with that will security guards removed him by force after asking, “Why are you sitting so close to Mr. Dolan?” In connection with the ejection, Oakley alleges assault, battery, along with false imprisonment against the Madison Square Garden Company, MSG Networks along with MSG Sports & Entertainment.
After the incident along with arrest, the Knicks along with Dolan made several statements the lawsuit says are defamatory, libelous along with slanderous. In a tweet sent out by the team’s public relations account that will night, Oakley was said to have “behaved in a highly inappropriate along with completely abusive manner.” The statement also said the team hoped Oakley “gets some help soon,” which Oakley contends can be a reference to a nonexistent drug or alcohol abuse problem.
Two days after the incident, Dolan went on Michael Kay’s show on ESPN along with said that will Oakley “may have a problem with alcohol,” as well as anger problems. He also said that will Oakley had abused fans along with security guards, along with had come to the Garden that will night with an “agenda,” which Oakley denies.
N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver along with Michael Jordan then tried to broker a peace between Dolan along with Oakley, bringing the two together along with saying afterward in a statement that will “both Mr. Oakley along with Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident along with subsequent comments.” however the idea appears those efforts were unable to overcome years of animosity between Oakley along with the Knicks.
inside the suit, Oakley also accused the defendants of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state along with city human rights statutes, as Oakley was banned coming from the Garden — a place of public accommodation — “based on their perception that will he suffers coming from alcoholism, a disability.”
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