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EVAN GROSSMAN Mar-21-2017 68 0
Colin Kaepernick may be out of a job and he may have pledged to end his kneeling protest of the national anthem, but he continues his work to make the world a better place.

Kaepernick recently made twin $50,000 donations to Meals on Wheels America and the Love Army for Somalia, a social media campaign that’s trying to raise $2 million for food and water for starving people in that African nation.

Since he began his social justice crusade last year, Kaepernick has donated an estimated $500,000 to assorted charities and community groups. On the free-agent quarterback’s website, kaepernick7.com, there is a running log of the donations he’s made.

In January, the last month listed on the site, Kaepernick donated $25,000 each to Brooklyn-based Black Veterans for Social Justice and 350.org, the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, and the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

Since October, Kaepernick has donated $100,000 a month, mostly in $25,000 increments, to a variety of social and community programs dedicated to helping the less fortunate among us.

While President Donald Trump, among others, continues to rip Kaepernick for kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner” (and recently presented a federal budget that aims to de-fund programs like Meals on Wheels), Kaepernick has worked to improve the lives of veterans, poor people, minorities, women and immigrants.

It makes you wonder, exactly, who is really working to Make America Great, and who is full of it.
Paula Rogo Mar-18-2017 27 0
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to make philanthropic waves after securing a way to provide relief to the people of Somalia.

After joining a Twitter campaign begging Turkish Airlines to send a cargo plane with aid, the former quarterback announced on Twitter Friday that he had secured one from the airline to bring supplies to the East African nation.

Colin Kaepernick ? @Kaepernick7
We got the plane! Now it's time to raise funds for food and water. You can donate at http://GoFundMe.com/lovearmyforsomalia … #LoveArmyForSomalia

“Amazing news, Turkish Airlines granted us an airplane to fly to Somalia, a 60-ton cargo plane so we can fly there with food, with water for these people,” said Kaepernick in a video. “Now we’ve started a GoFundMe page to allow anyone to help us donate food, donate water. We’ll make sure every cent goes to help these people.”

Turkish Airlines is one of the few that travel to Somalia, and the flight is expected to take place March 27.

The GoFundMe page’s goal is $1 million, a number it quickly surpassed in 24 hours.

“This is a victory for the people, this is a victory for the people of Somalia,” said Kaepernick. “It was done out of love, out of respect for these people. We wanted to bring structure to this so we’re going to use the name Love Army for Somalia. So use the #LoveArmyforSomalia. This is amazing, let’s keep building, let’s keep going.”
Cam Inman Mar-18-2017 103 0
Re-signing Colin Kaepernick is a long shot now that the 49ers have acquired free agents Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, general manager John Lynch confirmed Friday.

“The likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly, but we’re not going to close our mind or our options on anyone, including him,” Lynch told KNBR 680-AM.

Kaepernick has not been linked to any teams since entering free agency last week for the first time in his six-year career.

“He can still play at a high level,” an anonymous AFC general manager told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. “The problem is three things are happening with him.

“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.

“Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or (President) Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.

“Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”

Kaepernick, meanwhile, has been both training in New York this offseason and continuing his social activism. Earlier this week he made a video pitch for Turkish Airlines to help Somalia relief efforts.

Since Kaepernick opted out of the final year of his contract, Lynch and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan have not ruled out re-signing the quarterback. But that likely is the case.

“I’d say we have two veteran quarterbacks now,” Lynch added. “We had said we weren’t opposed to (re-signing Kaepernick) and we certainly weren’t.

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“I don’t know what happened to that market. When we added our second guy (Barkley) at that time, you learn things. He was in everyone’s minds in the league close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number and it fell through, apparently.”

At one time, getting a high search engine rating was the Holy Grail of content marketing, these days there’s more emphasis on “quality content.”

Mar-15-2017 64 0
A judge tossed out criminal charges against cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday after his childhood friend testified that he was the one who knocked out two men in a street scuffle in Pittsburgh.

"If you was my friend and you said you was getting jumped, I'd help you," Rashawn Bolton, 31, told a prosecutor in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

Bolton said he pulled the accusers off Revis, and punched them after they turned on him. Bolton also said in the preliminary hearing that it was his voice heard on a video bragging, "I knocked both of these motherf------ out."

Jets cut Darrelle Revis two weeks after altercation in Pittsburgh
Bolton, who played high school football with Revis, left court without talking to reporters.

Revis, wearing a red-patterned suit and blue tie under a gray wool coat, arrived at court just before 1 p.m.

Revis, also 31, was charged with aggravated assault, robbery and other crimes after a February confrontation in his hometown with the two men.

The men told Pittsburgh police that they were assaulted while taking video of Revis on the street.

One of the men reportedly suffered broken bones in his face. Revis’ attorney claimed from the start that his client was not the aggressor in the early-morning clash.

Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor.

“They got this all wrong, absolutely all wrong," Revis attorney, Robert Del Greco Jr. told the court.

Bolton said he and Revis had been out drinking and went their separate ways after leaving a bar on Feb. 12.

A short time later, Bolton said he got a phone call from Revis saying “some guys were trying to jump him.”

When Bolton caught up with Revis, he said he saw his friend being assaulted by two men.

Bolton said he pulled the men off Revis, and that he punched and knocked one of the men out after he tried to attack him.

Mark Maske Mar-15-2017 60 0
The leader of the diversity group that works with the NFL on its minority hiring practices said the Washington Redskins should promote front office executive Doug Williams to their now-vacant general manager job.

“It is my hope that they will elevate Doug Williams to the position,” John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said in a phone interview. “He’s qualified. He’s prepared. I think he would be perfect for the position.”

Williams is a senior personnel executive in the Redskins’ front office. He previously worked in the front office of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was a head coach in college at Grambling State University.

Williams, as a player, became the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl when he did so with the Redskins to conclude the 1987 season.

The Redskins fired Scot McCloughan as their general manager Thursday, the opening day of the NFL’s free agent market. Other reported candidates include NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock and Mark Dominik, the former GM of the Buccaneers and an NFL analyst for ESPN.

It is not clear when the Redskins plan to hire McCloughan’s replacement. It might not happen until after the NFL draft, scheduled for April 27-29. The Redskins, under NFL rules, must interview at least one minority candidate.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance has not communicated its endorsement of Williams to the Redskins but has let the league know its preference. The organization submits lists of its top head coaching and GM candidates to the NFL annually prior to the hiring cycle. It is rare for a team to have a GM vacancy at this time of the year.
Mar-11-2017 79 0
Lawyers for disgraced former NFL star and admitted rapist Darren Sharper argue in an appeal that a judge did not adequately explain the consequences of a plea agreement resulting in his 18-year federal prison sentence.

Their arguments were filed Friday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Sharper pleaded guilty or no-contest in four states to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women. A "global" plea agreement in state courts in Arizona, Nevada, California and Louisiana - and federal court in New Orleans - was expected to result in a nine-year sentence.

But U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo said that sentence was too light. Sharper opted to maintain his guilty plea. Milazzo last year sentenced him to 18 years and four months.
Steve DelVecchio Mar-06-2017 72 0
O.J. Simpson is eligible for parole on Oct. 1, and there is a chance the Pro Football Hall of Famer could be released from prison after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence.

Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of 12 charges stemming from a sports memorabilia heist, was paroled on five of his charges in 2013. He will likely have a parole hearing at some point this summer, during which he will attempt to convince the board that he has kept out of trouble and been a model inmate.

Simpson was part of a group of men who stole roughly 800 items from sports memorabilia dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong at a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007. The crime was committed roughly 10 years after he was infamously acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

If he is granted parole in October, Simpson will reportedly have a large sum of cash waiting for him. According to the Sunday Express, Simpson has accrued $2.7 million in retirement benefits from his days of playing for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. Though the 69-year-old still owes much of the $33.5 million he was ordered to pay when he was found civilly liable of the murders of Brown and Goldman, laws state that pension money cannot be collected by creditors.

The ESPN documentary “OJ: Made in America” did not paint Simpson in a great light, as expected. We learned some disturbing new info about the early stages of his relationship with Brown, but Simpson’s reputation is never going to be repaired anyway. He’ll certainly be pleased if he gets to serve less than one third of his sentence.
Nunzio Ingrassia Mar-05-2017 99 0
Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster sent a letter to every NFL team apologizing for an incident that led to his dismissal from the NFL Combine on Friday, according to multiple reports Sunday.

Foster reportedly got into an altercation with a hospital worker after he grew impatient regarding his “pre-exam”, and the hospital worker eventually got into a heated argument with Foster, leading to his removal prior to team interviews and testing.

Foster initially denied anything had occurred.

"Y'all, stop asking me what happened, for real," Foster told AL.com on an Instagram video. "Nothing happened."

Foster, who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery in his right shoulder, led Alabama in tackles last season, was named first-team All-American and won the Butkus award as the nation’s top linebacker.
Holden Walter-Warner Feb-18-2017 112 0
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of the most talented players in the NFL, which could make him a potential target for trouble.

He seemed to be bringing the trouble on Friday night and TMZ released a video of Elliott allegedly being detained in the town of his Ohio State Buckeyes.

But Elliott took to social media on Saturday morning to deny TMZ's report.

I was never "detained" by the police. Nor was I ever questioned or in any type of trouble. ?
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) February 18, 2017
The man in the video clearly looks like Ezekiel Elliott and the police are definitely looking at/for something in a car, but it doesn't go any further than that. It does not appear that he is being detained.

More accounts of the interaction between Elliott and the police will surely emerge, but for now, it appears Elliott's run-in with the police was nothing more than a run of the mill exchange.
Brett Bodner Feb-17-2017 125 0
Trent Richardson has been out of the NFL for two years and now it looks like it will stay that way.
Richardson was arrested in Hoover, Al. on a third-degree domestic violence charge on Thursday night, Alabama.com reports. A woman was left with scratches and bruises on her face following the incident.

Hoover police responded to a 911 call for a reported domestic disturbance at the Hyatt Place Hotel at 8:04 p.m. A second call came through at 8:05 p.m. about yelling coming from one of the rooms at the hotel.

Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector told Alabama.com officers arriving on scene came in contact with Richardson and the woman and determined the two were arguing earlier at a Walmart. At some point their argument turned physical, which led to the woman being left with bruises and scratches.
Raiders’ Aldon Smith reportedly involved in domestic incident.

The name of the woman has yet to be released. She was treated for her injuries at the scene.
Richardson is in Hoover City Jail with a bond set at $1,000. He’s expected to be released when he posts the bond.

Richardson was a first-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Browns, who took him with the third overall. The former Alabama running back was a force for the Crimson Tide in college and was part of two National Championship teams.

Trent Richardson is expected to be released from jail after he posts a $1,000 bond after being arrested on a domestic violence charge. (Hoover Police Dept.)

His professional career never really panned out.

After a strong rookie season where he rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’d only play two games for Cleveland in 2013 before being traded to the Colts in 2014.

Richardson never found his footing in two years with the Colts and no team has placed him on their active roster since.

Normally domestic violence charges for NFL athletes are a death sentence. Former Ravens running back Ray Rice was never given a second chance in the league after his incident and Greg Hardy played one year with the Cowboys before teams started to stay away.
amara grautski Feb-17-2017 104 0
From the big game to the big house: Super Bowl champion Michael Floyd has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after striking a plea deal in his extreme DUI case, according to TMZ Sports.

The 27-year-old wide receiver — who was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 12 after cops found him passed out at the wheel at a traffic light — reportedly pled guilty to extreme DUI in Scottsdale City Court on Thursday.

Floyd will reportedly serve 24 of those days at a Maricopa County facility and the other 96 under house arrest. He will also serve 30 hours of community service and has to pay a $5,115.99 fine, Fox10 reported.

The Cardinals booted Floyd off their roster after his arrest, during which he reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .21 (more than twice the legal limit).

The Patriots picked him up two days later, and they went on to win Super Bowl LI over the Falcons.
Floyd, who’s currently a free agent, had played his entire five-year NFL career in Arizona before playing for New England. He only played two games for the Patriots and was inactive for the Super Bowl, but he'll still get a ring.
max olson Feb-17-2017 87 0
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young has hired agent Leigh Steinberg in an attempt to reboot his football career.

Steinberg announced that he signed Young, 33, in a Twitter post on Wednesday, declaring Young has a "dream of playing more football."

On Thursday, Steinberg tweeted that he was in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL regarding Young.

Young, the former star at Texas, has not played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011. He retired from football in 2014.

The Spring League, an independent four-team football league made up of free agents that debuts in April, has publicly expressed interest in adding Young, the former No. 3 overall pick who earned rookie of the year honors and made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2009 during his six years in the NFL.

Young last attempted a comeback in 2014, a brief offseason stint with the Cleveland Browns. He signed following a minicamp tryout but was cut days after the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel. Before that, Young was cut by the Green Bay Packers in the preseason in 2013.

Young works for the University of Texas as a development officer in its division of diversity and community engagement.

He returned to his alma mater, where he led the Longhorns to a national championship in 2005, following his retirement and took a position specifically created for him that pays $100,000 annually.

Young was sentenced to 18 months of probation in January after pleading no contest to a DWI charge. He was fined $300 and ordered to complete 60 hours of community service to resolve his case after a January 2016 arrest in Austin.
Feb-17-2017 129 0
Former University of Miami cornerback Leonard Myers has died after battling cancer. He was 38 years old.

Myers played for the Hurricanes from 1997 to 2000, starting for two and a half seasons at Miami.

"The family lost another one way too soon," the team said Friday on its official Twitter page. "Rest easy, Leonard Myers."

Sinorice Moss, a former Hurricanes wide receiver, expressed shock at Myers passing in a tweet sent Friday morning.

"Everyone is fighting a battle you know knowing about," Moss posted. "Take wings & soar, Leonard Myers #22."

Another UM alum, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, also tweeted out his feelings by simply posting "RIP."

He started for the first four games of his senior year before suffering a foot injury.

Myers was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and went on to have brief stints with the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2001.

In 2015, Myers coached wide receivers at New Mexico Highlands University, and in January, he served as the cornerbacks coach for the Nationals team at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, according to Patriots.com.

Myers, who was from Fort Lauderdale, went to Dillard High School, where he registered 85 tackles, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries during his senior season.
Brett Bodner Feb-15-2017 94 0
Draymond Green is now getting involved in the debate over the Charles Oakley and James Dolan feud.

On an episode of his “Dray Day” podcast with Uninterrupted, Green sounded off about Dolan’s treatment of Oakley. The outspoken Warriors forward said Dolan had a “slave master mentality” with the situation.

Green had an issue with how Dolan was fine with Oakley’s confrontational personality when it helped the Knicks, but not when he spoke out against organization.

“You doing it for me, it’s all good,” Green said. “You doing it against me...you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”

Green didn’t stop there.

He also spoke out against Dolan for the statement he put out following the incident suggesting Oakley had addiction problems even though he didn’t have proof.

“That’s not something that you say to the world. That’s not classy at all,” Green said. “It’s not OK for you to go say to the world as a multibillion dollar organization. How can you even pin that on someone? Just throw that out there. That’s grimy. I think that’s wrong.”

Oakley had to be physically removed from Madison Square Garden last week after an altercation broke out near the Knicks bench. Dolan had banned Oakley from the arena following the incident, but the two sides have since seemed to have resolved some of their issues thanks to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan.

Dolan has since lifted his ban of Oakley from MSG, but it’s unlikely the Knicks legend will be paying a visit any time soon.
Feb-12-2017 193 0
Former Miami Dophins defensive end Quentin Moses died Sunday in a house fire that also killed a woman and her 10-year-old daughter. Moses was 33.

Moses was unconscious when firefighters found him, along with Andria Godard, 31, and her daughter Jasmine after the early morning fire roared through the Monroe, Georgia home. He later died at a nearby hospital.

For the past five years, Moses was serving as the assistant football coach at Reinhardt University. They acknowledged his passing and expressed their condolences on Twitter.

You will forever be remembered for your love for the game of football and your love for young adults. Rest in Peace Coach Moses. We love you pic.twitter.com/C9Wdor82hL

— Reinhardt Football (@R_U_Football) February 12, 2017

The Oakland Raiders chose Moses in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft, but he never played for the team, giving the Dolphins the chance to snatch him up off waivers before the start of that season. During his four seasons with Miami, he had 4.5 sacks and 35 tackles as their defensive end and lineman.

“We were deeply saddened to hear about the tragic news involving Quentin Moses. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,” the team said in a statement.

Among those who have paid their respects on social media are Jason Taylor (Moses’ former teammate and soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer) and current University of Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

My heart breaks for former teammate and friend Quentin Moses and his family. Thoughts, prayers and tears! So sad. Life is too short #RIP

— Jason Taylor (@JasonTaylor) February 12, 2017

Very saddened to learn of the tragic death this morning of Quentin Moses. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.

— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) February 12, 2017

AP Feb-12-2017 84 0
Former Syracuse University and Boston Celtics center Fab Melo has died in his native Brazil, military police said Sunday. He was 26.

An emergency call Saturday night brought police and paramedics to Melo's house in Juiz de Fora, in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, according to a police sergeant who gave his name only as Couto. Couto said that when the police arrived, paramedics said Melo was dead, with no signs of violence.

"We don't know the cause yet. It's so hard right now, so hard to believe," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN .

The 7-foot Melo was a star at Syracuse and was named Big East defensive player of the year as a sophomore. But he also had academic issues that forced him to miss the 2012 NCAA Tournament after being declared ineligible.

"He was a really good kid, and it's not fair that he will be defined by one thing: a 10-page paper," Boeheim told ESPN. "He worked his tail off to become a really good player and was a nice kid."

Melo was a first-round draft pick in 2012 by the Boston Celtics. At the time, Boston's assistant general manager, Ryan McDonough, marveled at how quickly Melo was picking up the game after just a few years of playing it. McDonough said Melo grew up playing soccer in Brazil, where that sport is national obsession.

But Melo played only six games for the Celtics, spending most of the season with Maine in the NBA Development League.

"I'm so saddened to hear of the passing of Fab Melo," Celtics general manager Danny Ainge wrote on Twitter . "He was a good kid with a big heart. Our prayers go out to all of his loved ones."

In August 2013, Melo was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who waived him two weeks later. He then signed with the Dallas Mavericks but was waived shortly after.

John Breech Feb-10-2017 113 0
At the rate we're going, Tom Brady might be the only Patriots player to visit the White House when the team heads to Washington, D.C., later this year to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl LI.

LeGarrette Blount has added himself to the list of players who won't be attending the ceremony. During an interview with Rich Eisen on Thursday, Blount said he won't go to the White House because he doesn't feel "welcome" there.

"I will NOT be going to the White House," Blount said. "I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that."

Blount is the fifth Patriots player over the past four days to announce that he won't be visiting the White House. The Patriots running back joins teammates Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Chris Long on New England's list of players will be skipping out on the chance to meet President Donald Trump.

Long also announced Thursday that he wouldn't be going to the White House. As for Bennett, he made the decision to skip the trip before the Patriots even won the Super Bowl.

On McCourty's end, he echoed Blount's reason, and said that he wasn't going because he wouldn't feel "accepted" there.

Hightower's explanation for skipping the ceremony is that he has already been there. The Patriots linebacker was a member of the 2014 team that visited the White House while Barack Obama was in office.

Super Bowl star James White might also skip the White House trip. The man who scored three touchdowns in the Patriots' 34-28 win over the Falcons said he'll make his decision when the time comes.

Thanks to Bill Belichick, the Patriots are almost always on the same page. However, the White House trip could lead to some tension among teammates. Belichick, Brady and owner Robert Kraft will definitely be at the White House ceremony because they're all good friends with Trump.

If Trump feels insulted by so many players skipping the visit, it wouldn't be shocking if he were to let Kraft and Belichick know. That being said, it might not be a big deal at all. Brady didn't go on the Patriots' last White House trip back in 2014 when Obama was still in office.

Brady is just one of several star athletes who have avoided a White House visit. Larry Bird and Michael Jordan also once skipped out on their White House celebrations.
AP Feb-09-2017 110 0
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with assaulting a fellow inmate in a Kansas jail.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the aggravated battery and disorderly conduct charges filed Wednesday stem from a confrontation Friday in the Sedgwick County Jail. He now has five criminal cases pending against him in the county, where he has been jailed since June.

County prosecutors also allege that he purposely hit people with a car after being asked to leave a housewarming party; dodged law enforcement attempts to serve him with a warrant; threatened to kill a jail deputy; and damaged a jail television.

During a court appearance on the latest charge, Randle said he defended himself when another inmate punched him in the face. His bonds now total $59,000.
BERNIE AUGUSTINE Feb-09-2017 137 0
Any far-fetched hopes the Knicks might’ve had about landing free-agent-to-be Chris Paul probably followed Charles Oakley out the door Wednesday night.

Paul was appalled with the way the Knicks handled things with Oakley at the Garden, specifically the team’s statement about the incident and the line “we hope he gets some help soon.”

“Hope he gets some help soon? Not the right way to portray Oak,” Paul tweeted Thursday afternoon. “... always had my back and the realest person our league has seen #UncleOak”

Paul joins his friend LeBron James in publicly supporting Oakley following the ugly scene; James shared a photo of Oakley on Instagram, calling the retired All-Star forward a legend. While the Clippers were in town, Paul was not with them; he’s rehabbing from torn ligament in his left thumb.

Oakley was arrested and charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault after he got into it with security guards, shoving one of them. The 53-year-old was seated a few rows behind Garden chairman James Dolan — Oakley first said he bought the ticket only to later say that it was given to him — and things quickly escalated from there. When Oakley was asked to leave, he objected and the situation spiraled.

While the Knicks have been celebrating their 70th anniversary, and inviting many former players back to the Garden, Oakley has been excluded. The Daily News’ Frank Isola reported that Oakley has been hurt by the Knicks ignoring his place in the team’s history.

Oakley insisted that he didn’t say anything to Dolan, who was in his normal courtside seat, Wednesday night.
Des Bieler Feb-09-2017 125 0
Former Knicks star Charles Oakley was dragged from his courtside seat at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday and arrested during a game between New York and the Los Angeles Clippers. The burly ex-forward had reportedly gotten into a verbal altercation with Knicks owner James Dolan before engaging physically with members of the arena’s security staff.

Shortly after the altercation, which occurred in the first quarter of a contest nationally televised on ESPN, the Knicks issued this 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.”

Sports writers on the scene reported that Oakley said, “Dolan did this,” among other shouted comments about the owner after being led away by security. Knicks president Phil Jackson attempted to calm down the 53-year-old down, who was yelling, “This is bullish–,” and, “F— that, let me go.” Oakley was charged with three counts of assault, according to multiple reports citing the NYPD.

“I didn’t say anything to [Dolan],” Oakley told the New York Daily News, after being released from a Manhattan police station late Wednesday evening. “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, who played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998 and was selected for the 1994 All-Star Game, became a fan favorite at the Garden while developing a reputation as one of the NBA’s toughest players. However, he has been in something of an exile from the organization, an awkward situation Oakley has blamed on Dolan.

“The boss don’t like me,” Oakley told the New York Times in October. He went on to say of Dolan, “I mean, I had at least 15 people try to set up a meeting. He won’t meet. I want to sit down to talk to him. I want me and him in a room. And lock the door. Lock that door!”

Oakley added, “I mean, he can have the police outside the door.”

“As hard as I played for that motherf—–, and he don’t want to talk with me?” Oakley exclaimed about Dolan in 2015 (via the New York Daily News). “Everybody in New York liked me except this one guy. . . . He’s a bad guy.”

The incident Wednesday just adds to the turmoil surrounding the Knicks, who have plummeted to 22-31 (going into the game against Clippers) amid an all-too-public feud between Jackson and his star player, Carmelo Anthony. The team president is making little secret of his desire to trade Anthony, who has a clause in his contract giving him veto power over any proposed move.

With Oakley intimidating opponents alongside Patrick Ewing, the Knicks made the playoffs every season he was with the team (he also played for the Bulls, Raptors, Wizards and Rockets in a 19-year career). However, New York has reached the postseason just four times since 2002 — Dolan took control of the team in 1999 — and has gotten as far as the second round once in that span.

The ugly scene at MSG came one year to the day after the Knicks fired head coach Derek Fisher, brought in the season before with no previous experience at the job and handed a talent-deficient squad with a mandate to run Jackson’s favored triangle offense. On Feb. 8, 2015, reports emerged of Dolan’s response to a letter he had received from an elderly fan lamenting the team’s direction. Dolan called the fan “a sad person,” “a hateful mess” and likely an “[a]lcoholic” before telling the man to “start rooting for the Nets because the Knicks don’t want you.”

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