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Knicks lift ban on Charles Oakley

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

The New York Knicks lifted their ban on former player Charles Oakley on Tuesday, sources told ESPN, but Oakley says he just wants an apology.

“It’s not about being at the Garden,” Oakley told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. “It’s about the fans. I want them to apologize to the fans. I told the commissioner I want them to apologize to the fans.”

Oakley said he is “in pain now. I’m hurt.”

Later on The Dan Le Batard Show on ESPN, Oakley was asked whether he would go back to Madison Square Garden as Dolan’s guest.

“Right now, no,” he said. “I told him yesterday.”

“I have never asked for nothing,” Oakley added. “I love the fans in New York. They’ve been supportive. One of the things I told the commissioner, I want to have a press conference and I want him to apologize to me and the fans. They’ve had my back and they’ve felt the pain. I really appreciate the people all around who’ve had my back.”

Sources with both MSG and Oakley confirmed that the ban was lifted. ESPN

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