Charles Oakley Strikes Deal to Avoid Trial for Fracas

Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley leaves Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has reached a deal with prosecutors who charged him with striking a security guard at Madison Square Garden.The Daily News (http://nydn.us/2wrXJ5a ) reports that charges against Oakley will be dismissed and sealed after six months of good behavior.Oakley said Friday that a trial would waste time and money that should be used to “keep the streets better for kids.”His lawyer says Oakley didn’t need a trial to prove his innocence.Oakley was a Knicks fan favorite from 1988 to 1998. But he’s had a falling out with the organization since. On Feb. 8, he sat a few rows from Knicks owner James Dolan at a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Security approached and a fracas ensued. Oakley was ejected and handcuffed.

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