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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 23: Coach Charles Oakley of Killer 3s reacts during the game against the Ghost Ballers during week five of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at UIC Pavilion on July 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/BIG3/Getty Images)

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Former New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley will file a civil suit stemming from his ejection and arrest during a Knicks game Feb. 8.

According to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, it’s unknown whether Knicks owner James Dolan or Madison Square Garden will be the subject of the suit.

In the first quarter of a game between the Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers, Oakley got into an altercation with security personnel at Madison Square Garden. He was then escorted out of the arena.

ABC 7’s Ryan Field reported the New York Police Department was charging him with three counts of assault, and Begley reported Oakley was facing a criminal trespassing charge as well.

Oakley accepted a plea agreement in August in which the charges will be dropped as long as the 19-year NBA veteran isn’t arrested for a period of six months. As part of the agreement, he also has to stay away from Madison Square Garden.

In the aftermath of Oakley’s arrest, the Knicks received criticism for a pair of statements in which they placed the blame squarely on Oakley for the incident:

Dolan also speculated in an interview on The Michael Kay Show (h/t For The Win’s Adi Joseph) that Oakley may have been under the influence of alcohol.

Oakley told the New York Daily News MSG security personnel were the instigators.

I was there for four minutes,” Oakley said. “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.”

The New York Times Scott Cacciola detailed in November 2016 how Oakley has been a vocal critic of Dolan and had a strained relationship with the Knicks. He didn’t endear himself to the team’s ownership and front office in 2010, either, when Cacciola wrote he told LeBron James to avoid signing with the Knicks as a free agent.

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