Ex-Toronto Raptor Charles Oakley arrested, accused of cheating at casino

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Charles Oakley reportedly tried to pull a fast one at a Las Vegas casino earlier this month, and the former National Basketball Association star is now facing charges because of it.

Former Toronto Raptors power forward Charles Oakley was arrested Sunday, accused of cheating at a Las Vegas casino.

On Thursday, TMZ Sports reported Oakley tried to remove a $100 chip from a wager after realizing he was going to lose. It is unclear what game Oakley was playing, but Oakley "was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known", officials from the Nevada Gaming Board said.

A security team confronted Oakley and after reviewing the casino video footage, he was booked into Clark County Detention Center. He faces between 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted.

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"This is not a significant matter and we expect it to be resolved quickly", Alex Spiro, Oakley's New York-based attorney, told ESPN.

Oakley was recently cleared of misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a scuffle with Madison Square Garden security guards a year ago in which he was violently ejected from the stadium during a game.

Oakley now serves as a head coach in Ice Cube's three-on-three league, BIG3. The charges against Oakley were later cleared as part of an agreement, which included banning him from the arena for a year.

Oakley was charged with misdemeanor assault and trespassing, among other charges.

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