Ban lifted, but Charles Oakley wants public apology from James Dolan, Knicks

Michael Jordan and Adam Silver step in on Knicks debacle

According to the New York Daily News, Michael Jordan alongside National Basketball Association commissioner, Adam Silver, held a phone conference with the two parties at odds. To add insult to injury, Dolan files assault charges and issues a self-serving press release dripping with false humility and phoniness, including a hope that Oakley "gets the help he needs".

Oakley has had his ban from the Garden lifted, according to a source. "I'm a Knicks fan for life, no matter if I come back to the Garden or not", he previously told ESPN.

However, in a day and age when newspapers publish Monday morning updates featuring the number of people shot in Chicago over the weekend, with the vast majority of those victims being black, the "Rev" might want to redirect his focus elsewhere.

However, in an interview with the New York Daily News later in the day, Oakley was still hurt over Dolan and the Knicks intimating last week that he's an alcoholic following the scrap with MSG security. At the last public telling, both sides still had significant differences in their sides of the story: Dolan described Oakley as unhinged from the moment he set foot in the arena; the power forward said he was simply enjoying a night with friends. "I told the commissioner I want them to apologize to the fans".

"Right now, no", he said.

Dolan announced Friday that Oakley was banned from Madison Square Garden after his arrest.

Dolan later said Oakley was thrown out because he was being verbally abusive to security.

But perhaps Dolan and Oakley merely sitting down can lead to something positive in the future.

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