Charles Oakley feels Spike Lee’s pain.
Three years after the Knicks fan favorite was dragged out of the Garden, the team is in a war with superfan Lee, who says he’s being “harassed” by James Dolan after a dispute with Garden security Monday night over being told to leave the building to use another entrance.
The Knicks and Lee are in a full-blown feud after a war of words Tuesday escalated tensions. None of this is surprising to Oakley, who was arrested after his altercation with Garden security.
“It’s a plantation over there. It’s bad,” Oakley, 56, said Wednesday on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo.”
When Trey Wingo said Dolan is not going to sell the Knicks, Oakley referenced the NBA forcing Donald Sterling out of Clippers ownership for making racist comments. NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life.
“Donald Sterling didn’t sell his team either until the NBA came in and did something,” Oakley said. “If you’re a former player and what happened to me when they [dragged] me out of there for no reason, and we got the tape and I didn’t do nothing, it’s like lynching somebody back in the ‘40s and ‘50s. [Dolan] don’t care. I hate to put him in the category of Donald Trump, I think he’s Trump’s nephew. He don’t care.”
Oakley was asked if he thinks there’s enough against Dolan for the NBA to step in. Oakley referenced his own incident, the Lee fiasco and a teenage fan being kicked out in January for yelling, “Sell the team.”
“What’s gonna be next? They want somebody to get killed in there?” said Oakley, whose defamation suit against Dolan stemming from his February 2017 arrest was dismissed last month.
Oakley believes Dolan is a “control freak” who shouldn’t sit courtside if he doesn’t want to hear criticism.
“If you wanna stop people from saying stuff, don’t come to the games,” Oakley said. “You can’t be that sensitive.”