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Knicks favorite Charles Oakley arraigned on assault charge

Former NBA enforcer and rebounding machine for the New York Knicks Charles Oakley talks to the press after an appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Oakley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal trespass during an incident at Madison Square Garden. He is accused of striking one security guard in the face with a closed fist, and when two other people tried to intervene, both were pushed and received cuts.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks favorite Charles Oakley made his first court appearance on Tuesday since his arrest and ejection while attending at game at Madison Square Garden.

Oakley, 53, was arraigned in criminal court in Manhattan on misdemeanor assault and other charges before being released without bail.

Prosecutors have accused the Oakley of striking a security guard in the February fracas. They say two other people who intervened were pushed and received cuts.

In court, prosecutors read into the record a statement Oakley made after his arrest alleging that Knicks owner James Dolan kept him under watch for no reason.

“Every time I come to the Garden, Dolan has security guards following me,” Oakley said, according to the prosecutors. “Every time I come to the Garden it’s a problem. I buy my own ticket. I don’t want to feel like I owe them anything. I had a couple of drinks before the game but nothing at the game.”

The former NBA enforcer told The Associated Press in an interview this week that he had no regrets over his behavior that night that led him getting handcuffed near an arena exit as he waited for police to arrive.

“I would have done everything just the same way,” Oakley said by phone. “I didn’t do nothing. I was only in the arena five minutes. I didn’t know you could get in that much trouble in five minutes.”

Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998.

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