Draymond: Dolan Has a ‘slave-master Mentality' Towards Charles Oakley

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Last week, Charles Oakley was ejected from Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks promptly issued the following press release:

"Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner. He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon."

On the latest "Dray Day" podcast, Draymond voiced his feelings on the situation.

"I got a lot of views on this on different aspects, because there are so many different aspects of this story; different parts of this story.

"Number 1 -- the man is a legend; treat him as such. Why is he buying a ticket to a game, first off? This is Charles Oakley ... if I'm not mistaken, Dolan owned the team while he was playing.

"It wasn't a problem when he was speaking out then. It wasn't a problem when he was protecting their superstars then ... why is it all of a sudden a problem now when he speaks out on something that he don't like? And now you want to disown him from your entire organization.

"That's a slave mentality -- you doing it for me it's all good, but now you're doing it against me or you're speaking out against my organization, it's not good anymore? That's a slave mentality; a slave-master mentality. That's ridiculous ... I disagree with that."

In the days after the altercation at MSG, Knicks owner James Dolan also implied that Oakley may have a drinking problem.

"Number 2 -- how as an organization can you come out and say, 'We hope he gets help.' Get help with what?" Draymond said. "That's ridiculous because you're implying one of two to three things: Number 1, and as they said, he has an anger problem. Just because he was pissed off doesn't mean he got an anger problem ... so I think that's pretty messed up to come out and say that.

"And even he do have an anger problem -- because at the end of the day these teams know everything about us. They do their research. They talk to a million-and-one people about us ... they got stuff on us back to elementary days -- say they do know in the research they did that Oak has an anger problem, that's not something you say to the world.

"That's not classy at all ... it's not OK for you to go and say that to the world."

On Monday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver met with Dolan and Oakley and issued a statement.

On Tuesday, the Knicks reportedly lifted the ban on Oakley.

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