Social media blasts Knicks, James Dolan for Charles Oakley situation

Former basketball player Charles Oakley watches the action from court-side seats during the first half of Game 2 between the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, April 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

A really ugly scene played out at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, when former Knick Charles Oakley was kicked out of the stadium and later arrested on an assault charge. 

Oakley has maintained that he did nothing wrong and was kicked out at the request of Knicks owner James Dolan. The Knicks released a statement accusing Oakley of abusive behavior and suggesting that everything he said after the incident is “pure fiction.”

On Friday, Michael Kay reported that Oakley had been banned from MSG for life, but Dolan denied it was necessarily a lifetime ban in an appearance on Kay's radio show. Dolan suggested that Oakley made racial and sexual remarks.  

On Twitter and Instagram, Dolan has been a frequent target of criticism. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James stood up for Oakley on social media, as did a number of others around the NBA. Here's a look at how social media has reacted to the saga. 

The Knicks play the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at MSG. 

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