Charles Oakley arrested for allegedly cheating at casino

Charles Oakley arrested for allegedly cheating at casino

Former NBA forward Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday in Las Vegas after he allegedly was caught by surveillance cameras cheating at a casino, TMZ reported Thursday. He's most well known for his runs with the Chicago Bulls (1985-88), New York Knicks (1988-98), and Toronto Raptors (1999-2001).

Nevada Gaming Control Board officials confirmed to TMZ that the longtime New York Knicks standout was "suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known", which the casino's security team is said to have later confirmed via video. After they reviewed the footage, Oakley reportedly was booked at Clark County Detention Center.

Oak's gambling charge is serious business - "to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment". A source told TMZ that Oakley tried to remove a $100 chip from a wager before being confronted. He faces between 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted.

In his days as an National Basketball Association enforcer, Charles Oakley was known to smack a few opposing players upside their head and deliver a message that he wasn't there to play around.


Oakley has an active civil suit against Madison Square Garden and Knicks owner James Dolan following his February 2017 forced removal from the arena by security and subsequent arrest. Oakley has fought the charges.

Oakley now serves as a head coach in Ice Cube's three-on-three league, BIG3.

Oakley previously filed a lawsuit against Dolan alleging that he was the one assaulted.

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