The New York Knicks season continues to spiral miserably out of control, especially since there was more action in the stands Wednesday night than on the court.

Former Knicks forward Charles Oakley was arrested and removed from Madison Square Garden after an altercation in the stands during the Knicks loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Police told ESPN Oakley, 53, bought a seat several rows behind Knicks owner James Dolan and was allegedly directing comments at him about the team's poor play this season.


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During a stoppage of play in the first quarter, a group of security guards surrounded Oakley, who was clearly agitated and began shoving a few guards. He was escorted out of the arena, where Knicks president Phil Jackson attempted to calm him down.

Oakley continued to yell and at one point was handcuffed and surrounded by police officers while on the ground.

Police said Oakley punched three Madison Square Garden employees as he was being carried out. He was charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and one count of criminal trespass.

Following the incident, the Knicks released a statement:

"Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner. He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon."

"I was there for four minutes," Oakley told the New York Daily News after being released from jail. "I didn't say anything to him (Dolan). I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I'm not leaving."

Oakley averaged 10.4 points per game in 10 seasons with the Knicks. He became a fan-favorite and was part of the Knicks team that reached the NBA Finals in 1993-1994.

Fans could be heard chanting "Oakley" as he was being removed from the arena.

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