Charles Oakley’s Top 12 Fights

Published on February 9th, 2017 by Astramskas, David | 6,731 views


When you think of players and goons in the 80s and 90s the average player feared and/or wanted nothing to do with, you will get names like Xavier McDaniel, Otis Thorpe, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning and Rick Mahorn. Those are also a few names of guys who Charles Oakley has tangled with in games. The reason why I said in games is because players weren’t safe from Oakley during shoot arounds either – just ask Jeff McInnis, who was punched by Oakley during one.

Here’s my list of the top 12+ fights and scuffles with Charles Oakley…that I’m aware of.  And before I get into these, I have to share a semi-pointless but amusing story from All-Star weekend in New York a couple of years ago. So, i’m standing outside in the freezing cold and I see a tall black guy wearing an all-white suit and white sneakers walking down the street with two short white guys that looked like extras from the film Goodfellas. You can guess who the black guy was and yes I was afraid to say what’s up to him because I was afraid I was going to get whacked by one of his two Mafia henchmen friends.


YEAR: 1987
RESULT: $2,000 fine

YEAR: 1994
RESULT: $5,000 fine and 1-game suspension

YEAR: 1996
RESULT: $11,000 fine and 2-game suspension
QUOTE (OAKLEY): He’s been doing lots wrong his whole career and it doesn’t seem to matter. He has spit on people. They don’t care.

YEAR: 1998
RESULT: The lockout ended


YEAR: 1989
RESULT: $7,500 and 1-game suspension
QUOTE (NBA VP ROD THORN): We’re very serious about curbing fights. We don’t think fighting adds anything to the N.B.A. Our feelings are that heavy fines and/or suspensions will act as a deterrent against violence. We are now fining players for throwing punches, whether they land or not. We’ll do anything we have to in order to curb violence.


YEAR: 2000
RESULT: $15,000 and 3-game suspension
QUOTE (OAKLEY): I’m not the kind of guy you threaten. When a guy does something to someone, he has to do something back.”


YEAR: 1987
RESULT: Don’t know but Mokeski was taken to the hospital


YEAR: 1988
RESULT: $2,000 fine for
QUOTE (OAKLEY): If they do something wrong, they`re going to get checked. No matter what player they mess with, somebody will retaliate. In Detroit earlier this year, Bill Laimbeer hit Scottie. I ran out and told him the next time it happens, something is going down.



YEAR: 1997
RESULT: $7,500 and 1-game suspension
QUOTE (ROD THORN): He definitely hit him. He initiated the altercation with the flagrant foul. Thorpe then retaliated with an elbow to his chest and then Oakley hit him in the face.


YEAR: 1995 (the video above is not from the altercation)
RESULT: $7,500
QUOTE (OAKLEY): I’ll fight anybody who wrongs me


YEAR: 1995
RESULT: $6,000 and 1-game suspension
QUOTE: I have no remark. A remark isn’t going to change it


YEAR: 1997
RESULT: $4,000
QUOTE: I have no remark. A remark isn’t going to change it


YEAR: 2017
RESULT: Arrested


Oakley didn’t fight Shaq but he committed the flagrant foul that caused Shaq to almost end Brad Miller’s career with a sucker punch.
YEAR: 2002
RESULT: $10,000 and 2-game suspension
QUOTE (KOBE): ‘I’m not saying fighting is an option; it’s a last resort.”


4/3/01: The NBA fined Charles Oakley (Tor) $10,000 and suspended him for 1 game for throwing a ball at Tyrone Hill after Tuesday’s morning shoot around.

1/16/00: The NBA fined Charles Oakley (Tor) $7,500 and suspended him for 1 game for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection from the Tor-Mil game and for extreme unsportsmanlike conduct.




About the Author

David Astramskas,

Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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