Charles Oakley

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Ex-NBA Star Oakley Arrested at Cosmo Over Alleged Gaming Cheat

Oakley Booked Into the Clark County Detention Center

July 12, 2018 - 10:07 am

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - Former NBA star Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after allegedly trying to cheat during a casino game, according to authorities.

Oakley, 54, was arrested by gaming control board enforcement agents Sunday afternoon after the alleged incident, the Nevada Gaming Control Board confirmed Thursday.

The NGCB told USA Today that Oakley tried "to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment."

TMZ Sports reported the incident happened when the former Knicks standout tried to pull back a $100 chip from a gambling table after he realized he was about to lose.  According to the report, hotel security checked surveillance video, confirmed the infraction and called police, who booked Oakley into the Clark County Detention Center.

Oakley, a 19-year NBA veteran, is best remembered as a bruising enforcer on the floor and was often cited as one of the league's best rebounders during his years with the New York Knicks from 1988 to 1998. Recently, Oakley served as head coach of the Killer 3's team in the BIG3 men's 3-on-3 basketball league.

Oakley was also arrested last year and banned from visiting Madison Square Garden for one year after an alleged altercation with Knicks owner James Dolan.