Charles Oakley agrees to plea deal that bans him from MSG for a year

Charles Oakley will have to steer clear of Madison Square Garden for a year. (Richard Drew/ AP file)

The Charles Oakley vs. the Knicks saga is over. For now.

As reported by ESPN’s Ian Begley, the former Knicks star accepted a plea deal Friday over a Feb. 8 fracas at Madison Square Garden that was sparked when security guards tried to eject him from the arena following a verbal altercation between Oakley and team/stadium owner James Dolan during a game against the Clippers (Oakley had purchased his own ticket).

Oakley, a fan favorite in New York, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault, one misdemeanor count of aggravated harassment and one misdemeanor count of trespassing. Under the terms of his plea deal, the charges will be dropped if he stays out of trouble for six months and stays away from MSG completely for one year.

Dolan, not a fan favorite in New York, originally barred Oakley from the arena after the incident, a stay-away order that was rescinded days later after Dolan was heavily criticized for suggesting that Oakley has alcohol

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