The New York Knicks have held someone accountable for the Charles Oakley fiasco. Find out who was fired over the stunning situation.
The New York Knicks are having one of the most bizarre seasons in franchise history. Even if one were to ignore the team’s record and dwindling chances of reaching the postseason, it would be impossible to ignore what’s transpired off the court.
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As if team president Phil Jackson engaging in a public war of wards with Carmelo Anthony weren’t enough, owner James Dolan has again come under fire from the Knicks’ loyal fan base.
Knicks legend Charles Oakley was controversially removed by security from the Knicks’ home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 8. He was taken into police custody and charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal trespassing.
According to Murray Weiss of DNAinfo, the Knicks have responded to the public outrage over the handling of the incident by firing security chief Frank Benedetto.
Frank Benedetto, the senior vice president for security at the Madison Square Garden Company, was fired Friday morning, a source said.
That shocking turn of events has since been confirmed by multiple news outlets.
Benedetto previously served as a U.S. secret service official who helped protect president George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He’s since become the top security chief to James Dolan and the Madison Square Garden Company.
The public backlash towards the treatment of Oakley, a Knicks legend, appears to have convinced Dolan to relieve Benedetto of his duties.
Whether it was a genuine attempt to rectify this situation or merely damage control, Knicks fans are unlikely to be satisfied with this decision.
Oakley, 53, played for the Knicks between 1988 and 1998. He helped create the culture that enabled New York to become one of the most iconic teams of the 1990s, making the All-Star Game in 1994 and being named All-Defense in 1994 and 1998.
Oakley’s invaluable contributions played a direct role in Patrick Ewing and the Knicks reaching the 1994 NBA Finals.