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Charles Oakley and Knicks talk truce

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Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley is once again welcome at Madison Square Garden following a shoving match with a security guard.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver brokered a peace summit at the league's offices inside Olympic Tower in midtown Manhattan between Oakley and Dolan, with Jordan - the Charlotte Hornets owner and longtime friend of Oakley - calling in to participate via phone.

Yet at this meeting both men came together and sorted things out with the commissioner along with a special guest.

Sharpton said in a statement on Monday his National Action Network will organize a group to picket outside of the Garden if the situation isn't reolved.

Dolan and the Knicks have engaged in weird back-and-forth finger pointing since Oakley's arrest on Wednesday, releasing a series of statements pleading for the 53-year-old to "get some help soon" and painting him as the aggressor who started the scuffle last week. "Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future".

Jordan and Oakley were teammates in Chicago before Oakley was traded to NY, where he became a fan favorite with the Knicks from 1988-98.

Speaking on The Michael Kay Show, Dolan speculated possible issues with Oakley, saying, "He may have a problem with alcohol".

Dolan welcomed back another ex-Knick, Latrell Sprewell, on Sunday during a victory over San Antonio. It hit a low point when security surrounded Oakley in his seat a few rows behind Dolan during a nationally televised game, and Oakley responded by shoving at least two of the security officials.

For his part, Oakley has gone on a media tour since the incident, maintaining his innocence in the matter.

The affair was made uglier as Knicks fans serenaded their team with various pro-Oakley chants later in the week.

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