Ex-NBA Star Charles Oakley Arrested At Las Vegas Casino For Allegedly Cheating
On Sunday, former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley landed himself in legal trouble for the second time in 18 months.
The former New York Knicks star was arrested in Las Vegas after being suspected of cheating at The Cosmopolitan hotel and casino.
Oakley, 54, was accused of allegedly “adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known.” The Nevada Gaming Control Board called his move an effort to “commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment,” although no additional information was released.
Oakley was the ninth overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. He played most of his career with the Knicks, although he also spent time with the Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards. Oakley currently works as a coach in the BIG3 basketball league.
The former big man’s previous run-in with the law came in February 2017, when he got into a fight with security guards at Madison Square Garden in New York and was thrown out of the arena. Oakley had reportedly gotten into a heated argument with Knicks owner James Dolan and was ultimately handcuffed after he assaulted security personnel. Then-Knicks general manager Phil Jackson attempted to calm Oakley down in the Knicks’ tunnel.
“He won’t even shake my hand,” Oakley said of Dolan after the incident. Draymond Green later blasted the MSG owner’s treatment of Oakley, calling it “slave master mentality.”
Oakley ended up drawing misdemeanor trespassing and assault charges, and he was banned from MSG for a year. The charges were eventually dropped and Oakley sued Dolan, the Garden and MSG Networks for libel and defamation. This lawsuit remains active in court.