Oakley was involved in an altercation last year with members of the security team at MSG. He was thrown out of the arena and Dolan stated he was banned for life from the Garden.
What led to Oakley’s defamation suit against Dolan and MSG was that Dolan said of Oakley, “I didn’t have the problem he has, but when you’re fighting addiction, it’s not that much different from anger management or other diseases where you can’t control yourself.”
Oakley sued last September, but The Blast obtained the new documents filed this month in which the former Knick claims Dolan’s comments cost him $40,000 in appearance fees he was scheduled to make from a rehab in Florida.
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“However, as a direct result of Defendants’ statements claiming that Mr. Oakley was an alcoholic,” the lawsuit states, “one such rehabilitation clinic, the Rebound Institute, came to the conclusion that it was not appropriate for someone with such a reputation to interact with their patients.”
He is seeking unspecified damages and the lawsuit is still ongoing.
Oakley was facing misdemeanor assault charges stemming from the incident, but those were dismissed by a judge earlier this month.
In related news, the NBA great turned Chef is hosting a fundraiser in Los Angeles Friday night (Feb. 16), along with Food Networks Celebrity Chef Penny Davidi, Chef Jeremy McBride and Connect Global.
“Oak in the Kitchen” is a star-studded event to feed the homeless in L.A. during NBA All-Star weekend. It’s a day of entertainment, food and fun. Meals will be prepared by celebrity chefs for the homeless but also there will be an opportunity for others to purchase meals as part of the fundraiser in a separate area.
The event will be held in Glady’s Park (in the heart of the L.A. homeless community).