- December 10, 2000- More detail courtesy of ESPN.com: Forward Charles Oakley claims Jeff McInnis threatened him and that is what led to an exchange of harsh words but no punches with the Clippers guard. The Raptors power forward, speaking about the incident Sunday for the first time since the NBA suspended him for three games and fined him $15,000, said the Friday morning altercation at the Air Canada Centre stemmed from something McInnis had said earlier in the year. "I just told him don't threaten me, I'm not the kind of guy you threaten," Oakley said. "If something like that happens, I'm going to take things into my own hands. I can't worry about what the league does to me."
- December 1, 2000- Full details from the AP about Oak's latest tussle: "I saw Oakley coming out of the tunnel. He passed by Jeff McInnis, who was sitting on the bench, and socked him," Orange County Register reporter Art Thompson said. "Jeff tried two or three times to get back at him, but players and coaches held him back."
McInnis, who was waving a cup holder as was being held back, was not fined or suspended.
Oakley sat out Friday night's game against the Clippers, and also will miss games in Utah on Tuesday and Portland on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Alvin Gentry was satisfied with the suspension.
"It was a single hit," Gentry said. "I just saw the aftermath of it, so who knows. We're not talking about the most mature group of people in the world when you talk about pro athletes, so it could have been over anything.
"We talked to the guys and said we don't want ever to retaliate, which is tough to do in certain situations."
Oakley is averaging 7.9 points and 8.5 rebounds a game. The Raptors are already without star Vince Carter, who remains day-to-day with an injured tendon in his left knee.
Oakley wasn't allowed to attend Friday's game.
- December 1, 2000- Charles Oakley has been suspended for 3 games and fined $15,000 for punching Clippers guard Jeff McInnis. The incident occurred today at a shootaround at the Air Canada Centre. More details as they become available...