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

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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)

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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.

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