KEY POINTS

  • Charles Oakley played 10 seasons with the New York Knicks during the team’s heyday
  • He was ejected and arrested while watching Knicks game in 2017
  • New Brand Consultant said reconciliation between two parties will benefit the team’s image

The final images between a team and its former star player aren’t exactly how everybody expected it to be but that’s what one of the new Brand Consultants of the New York Knicks is hoping to happen.

As the team is starting their rebranding process, Steve Stoute is about to be in his first month after taking the job for the most expensive team in the league and he was able to hit one of the fans’ wishes for the team. In an interview on ESPN posted on Newsday, Stoute described himself as a friend of former Knicks star Charles Oakley and he wanted both parties to set aside their differences for the future of the franchise he used to carry on his back.

“I would love to see that thing. As a New York fan, as a friend of Charles Oakley, as somebody a part of the Knicks organization, of course, I would love to see that subsided and bring that back," Stoute said, adding that the now 56-year old bruiser was a huge part of the team. 

“He's a fabric of what the New York Knicks have stood for for many years — that toughness, resourcefulness, by-any-means-necessary attitude."

More than three years ago when “Oak Tree“ was seen having an altercation with the Madison Square Garden personnel while the Knicks were playing the Los Angeles Clippers at home. He pushed the security people a couple of times which led to his ejection from the arena and was forcibly removed from his seat. 

Per CBS Sports post, Oakley was reportedly yelling at Knicks' team owner James Dolan and was told to stop but he didn’t. Per Frank Isola of ESPN, it could have been his frustration with how the team is being run and he was not invited to any of the team’s events when they were celebrating their 70th anniversary to the league at that time. Oak played with the Knicks from 1988 to 1998.

Mending the scars of the past for the future of the team sounds like a good agenda to make but it is still unknown whether both sides are willing to make it possible.

Charles Oakley Knicks Charles Oakley, pictured at the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award presentation at Espace on Dec. 5, 2012 in New York City. Photo: Getty Images