On Saturday, the billionaire CEO responded to a fan's hollered request for Dolan to "Sell the team" by threatening to bar him from future Knicks games and reportedly having security remove him from the arena.
Oakey knows as well as anyone what it's like to get ejected from the Garden, not just by the refs.
Dolan went out of his way to take revenge on the fan who yelled the message, with the interaction captured on video obtained by TMZ. They had no such luck, and a few years later, the team's management can only cross its fingers that the latest owner-inflicted lowlight doesn't come back to haunt the Knicks when free agency begins.
"He just tries to bully everybody, and it just don't make sense", Oakley told The Associated Press on Monday.
Dolan may get the last laugh on this particular fan, but he'll be hard pressed to kick out close to 20,000 fans chanting "sell the team!" down the stretch of the season, something that's nearly sure to happen now. Dolan said on video run on TMZ.
We're told there were other fans heckling Dolan, but he singled out the guy who doesn't want him to be the owner anymore.
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Oakley has a rocky history with Dolan.
Knicks ready to deal away Frank Ntilikina? Oakley said nothing was really settled in the meeting. Dolan referred to a potential alcohol problem for Oakley in a subsequent radio interview. The two players have made it clear that they don't always appreciate the work of journalists who cover their teams, but they might also pause to consider whether they want to work for a man who seems to regularly show up in the media for all the wrong reasons.
'He's angry about what happened to him and the way he was treated, ' Oakley's attorney, Douglas Wigdor, told ESPN.
The Knicks are 13-54 and in last place in the Eastern Conference and have been one of the worst teams in the National Basketball Association over the past 20 years.
It's unclear if the fan has been banned from the Garden, but that would be in keeping with previous such incidents. "They've said, 'We'd retire your jersey, ' they'll do this". He then asked the fan if he would like to not come to anymore Knicks games and called him rude.