New York Knicks owner James Dolan has fired Madison Square Garden’s senior vice president of security in the wake of Wednesday night’s Charles Oakley incident, according to a report from DNAinfo New York.
“We don’t comment on employees that have left the company,” Madison Square Garden Company spokesman Barry Watkins said.
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Frank Benedetto was reportedly fired Friday morning. He became security director after a career with the U.S. Secret Service, where he oversaw security for Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, according to the New York Daily News.
Oakley, who played for the Knicks from 1988-98, was arrested following an in-game altercation with security guards at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. The Knicks released a statement shortly after that which ended with, “He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.” Oakley appeared on a New York radio station to apologize for the incident on Thursday.
“I want to say I’m sorry to all the fans of the Garden. I never want to be a troublemaker in life,” Oakley said.