James Dolan has finally won.
A civil suit filed by former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley against Madison Square Garden and team owner James Dolan was dismissed by a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Oakley already sued Dolan and MSG in September 2017 for defamation, assault, wrongful detention, and other related charges related to a February incident in which Oakley was kicked out of MSG and arrested after arguing with security guards.
In his suit, he claimed that he had been wrongly targeted to meet Dolan, who was also present, while garden staff claimed that Oakley was drunk and belligerent.
Judge Richard Sullivan joined Dolan and MSG on Wednesday, saying that Oakley had made no plausible legal argument to support his claims and ordered the lawsuit to be dismissed.
“From the start, this case had the feeling of a PR campaign, in which the parties appeared to be more interested in the court of public opinion than in the reasons for their legal arguments. This may be understandable given the personal and public nature of the dispute, ”Sullivan wrote.
"But while basketball fans in general, and Knicks fans in particular, can form their own opinions about who was right and whether Oakley's expulsion was motivated by something more than the whims of the team owner, the fact that Oakley did so has no plausible reason Legal claim asserted that may meet federal pleading standards. "