Charles Oakley tweets message to supporters after being banned from Madison Square Garden

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Former NBA player Charles Oakley arrives to the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) All-Star Gala on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

NEW YORK— Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan says Cleveland native Charles Oakley has been banned from the arena, though not necessarily forever.

In an interview Friday with ESPN Radio’s Michael Kay, Dolan also confirms a report that he had fired the Garden’s security chief, two nights after Oakley was forcefully removed from his seat and arrested at a Knicks game. Dolan says the firing of the security head stemmed from more than just the handling of the Oakley incident.

Dolan says that games must remain safe for fans, and for that reason, “We are going to put the ban in place and hopefully it won’t be forever.”

The Knicks distributed a witness report earlier Friday featuring more than a dozen witnesses from throughout the arena who described what the Knicks have called Oakley’s “abusive” behavior.

Friday night, Oakley tweeted a message to his supporters:

Last fall, the street in front of John Hay High School in Cleveland was renamed in Oakley’s honor. He attended the Cleveland high school before playing college basketball at Virginia Union University.

Google Map for coordinates 40.750704 by -73.993752.

Madison Square Garden

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.