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Charles Oakley arrested in Las Vegas after allegedly cheating at casino

13 July 2018

If convicted he could face up to six years in prison.

Another bad turn for Charles Oakley.

Former NBA star Charles Oakley has been arrested in Las Vegas for attempting to cheat while gambling, US reports said Thursday. The Nevada Gaming Board told TMZ that Oakley was arrested on suspicion of "adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known", breaking state laws that forbid committing fraudulent acts while playing casino games.

Further details were not available, but TMZ reported that Oakley pulled back a $100 chip after he realized he was going to lose his wager. After security confronted him, Oakley was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m. However, a source close to Oakley told TMZ that the issue was "an insignificant matter that will be quickly resolved".

Security video of the incident supported Oakley's claim that the ejection was ordered by team owner James Dolan, who claimed the long-time power forward was acting drunk and belligerent towards the team.

Oakley's Las Vegas arrest comes after a high-profile spat with the Knicks a year ago following his forcible ejection from Madison Square Garden during a game in February.

Oakley played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association before his retirement in 2004.

The incident came two days after Oakley coached the Killer 3's in a 51-49 loss to the 3 Headed Monsters at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.