AP source: Oakley’s ban from Madison Square Garden lifted

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Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, center left, sits with former New York Knicks team members and others as he watched the Knicks take on the San Antonio Spurs during an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK (AP) — A person briefed on the discussions tells The Associated Press that Madison Square Garden has lifted its ban of Charles Oakley.

The person who spoke to the AP on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the discussions were to remain private says the former Knicks star who was arrested at a game last week is welcome back at the arena.

Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Oakley on Friday, two days after the former power forward had an altercation with security guards while attending a game.

But the sides reconciled quickly, helped by a meeting Monday at NBA headquarters with Commissioner Adam Silver and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. Jordan and Oakley were teammates with the Bulls before Oakley was traded to New York, where he became a fan favorite with the Knicks from 1988-98.

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