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Charles Oakley files defamation lawsuit against Knicks owner

Being subjected to humiliation on national television can do a substantial amount of harm to the reputation of an individual in Ohio or elsewhere. While this can be stressful and daunting enough on its own, should another party continue to spread harmful rumors, the damage could be irreparable. New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against the owner of his former team after he was forcefully removed during a televised game and accused of assault and excessive intoxication.

According to reports, the incident in question began when a group of security personnel were attempting to escort Charles from the building for unknown reasons during a regular season game. Upon being approached by the guards, he was pushed to the ground before being forcefully removed from the premises. According to the lawsuit, the owner of the Knicks requested that he be removed from the game and embarrassed on live television.

Following the incident, he also claims that the team's owner proceeded to launch a public campaign against him. Some of the accusations made by the owner reportedly included inappropriate and abusive behavior and alcoholism, which he says are all unfounded. He claims he has been subjected to unfair and unjust treatment, and his reputation has suffered a great deal of harm in the process.

Those subjected to defamation on such a public platform may wish to protect their reputations, but with little experience in the area, they may be uncertain how to proceed. When facing similar circumstances, a person could speak with an attorney for advice on the best course of action with which to proceed. In Ohio, an attorney can thoroughly evaluate the situation and assist a client in pursuing the best outcome possible through whatever means necessary.

Source: nba.com, "Charles Oakley sues New York Knicks owners, claiming defamation", Sept. 12, 2017

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