Mr. Wigdor filed a lawsuit on behalf of NBA All-Star Charles “Oak” Oakley in a defamation lawsuit against James Dolan and The Madison Square Garden Company (“MSG”). The lawsuit alleges Defendants Dolan and MSG launched a coordinated and defamatory public relations campaign against Mr. Oakley.
As alleged, on February 8, 2017, Mr. Oakley was forcibly removed from a Knicks game by MSG security without explanation and publicly embarrassed on live television. The lawsuit outlines how Mr. Oakley was unlawfully taken outside of the arena, arrested and charged with assault. The lawsuit further alleges that over the ensuing days Defendants Dolan and MSG launched a coordinated and defamatory public relations campaign against Mr. Oakley in a series of outrageous and patently false statements to the national media, baselessly accusing him of abusing fans and staff, acting inappropriately and struggling with alcoholism.