NEW YORK - Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has filed a civil lawsuit over his ejection from Madison Square Garden earlier this year.

Oakley says he was defamed and discriminated against after a scuffle with arena security guards in February.

He is suing the team's owner James Dolan, the Madison Square Garden Company, and MSG Sports & Entertainment.

Oakley says they falsely accused him of being an alcoholic.  

He has requested a trial by jury and compensation for emotional distress and mental anguish.

After February's scuffle, Oakley was charged with assault.  

Those charges were later dropped under a plea deal.

NY1 has reached out to MSG for comment about the lawsuit.