Charles Oakley arrested for moving $100 chip in Vegas casino

Charles Oakley arrested for moving $100 chip in Vegas casino

Former New York Knicks great Charles Oakley was arrested at a Las Vegas casino on July 8 for trying to cheat during a game, casino officials told TMZ Sports.

The TMZ.com website reported that Oakley had sought to withdraw a $100 betting chip from a table after it appeared he was going to lose. After getting confirmation via security footage, casino police arrested Oakley.

The violation is punishable by up to six years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 but Oakley is not expected to serve jail time.

Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip on suspicion of committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a statement.


Oakley played in the National Basketball Association for 19 seasons, including 10 years with the New York Knicks. That allegedly continued into his advanced years-he was told to leave Madison Square Garden during a 2017 game, and was caught on camera in an incident involving area security.

Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988 until 1998, helping them reach the 1994 NBA Finals alongside Patrick Ewing, John Starks, the late Anthony Mason and head coach Pat Riley. It didn't involve any current members of the organization, but rather, it was centered around beloved former big man Charles Oakley. The Knicks said Oakley had been engaging in "abusive behavior", but Oakley argued he was targeted because of his public criticism of Knicks owner James Dolan.

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

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