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NEW YORK — Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley was arrested after appearing to shove security guards at Madison Square Garden during the game Wednesday night.

Sources tell PIX11 News that Oakley has been charged with three counts of assault.

It happened during the first quarter of the game between the Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers. The cause of the altercation behind the baseline, which happened near where team owner James Dolan was sitting, was not immediately clear.

The AP reports that fans shouted “Oakley! Oakley!” in defense of the popular power forward, who helped the Knicks reach the NBA Finals during his years on the court for the team, between 1988 and 1998. Oakley is known to have a strained relationship with the team, because of his criticism of Dolan’s leadership.

Oakley was escorted out of the building.

“Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” the Knicks said in a statement. “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.”

PIX11’s Myles Miller and the AP contributed to this report.