National Basketball Association commissioner steps in to solve Dolan and Oakley rift

Calling the situation between the New York Knicks and former Knicks forward Charles Oakley "beyond disheartening", National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver enlisted the help of Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to help resolve the issue.

Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on New York Knicks Owner James Dolan to immediately lift the ban against Charles Oakley, after conversing with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and agreeing that the policy has not been reinforced with other players.

Oakley and Dolan have had a strained relationship in part because of Oakley's criticisms of the team.

The apparent feud between New York Knicks owner James Dolan and former player Charles Oakley continues to draw in new personalities.

Oakley has claimed he was ordered to leave the Knicks game while sitting with friends and simply watching the game.

Oakley will soon return to Madison Square Garden as one of Dolan's guests.

'Both Mr Oakley and Mr Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, ' said Silver on Monday.

Oakley was escorted from his seat at MSG and arrested after an altercation during the Knicks' game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Knicks subsequently put out two separate statements that were negatively received, published a security report with 16 statements from MSG employees and video evidence of what they said Oakley did. The Knicks have suggested Oakley has anger issues and possibly an alcohol problem. He was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal trespassing.

The Jordan-Oakley connection goes back over 30 years, with the two playing on the Bulls together from 1985-1988.

During the Knicks' 94-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, Feb. 12, there were resonating chants of, "Free Oakley", and, "Charles Oakley".

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Adams said a scheduled meeting with Dolan was postponed after he was told "new developments" arose.